Recycling Hazardous Materials Responsibly

Plenty of homes have cans of leftover paint, unwanted bottles of pesticide and even old knives hanging around simply because no one knows how to dispose of them safely. Finally, we've got the expert answers on how to get rid of everything from light bulbs to pain meds in the most eco-friendly way possible (12 Photos)

Sadia Latifi on Jan 1, 2013 at 12:10PM

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Recycling Hazardous Materials Responsibly

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Do a Cosmetic Cleanout -- and Get a Bonus

Just like crazy makeup trends, makeup itself has a shelf life. The average lifespan for cosmetics is 1 to 2 years, depending on the product. But many cosmetics can be recycled, according to The Daily Green, because cosmetic containers are usually made from plastic similar to those found in bottle caps and yogurt cups. Not enough people know that, so they’re often left out of regular household recycling. Some stores will even reward you for the effort. Origins retail stores, for example, accept empty cosmetic tubs, bottles, and jars for recycling -- even if the product isn’t from Origins! As a reward, you’ll get a free sample of a skincare product in return. M.A.C runs the Back to M.A.C program, which accepts M.A.C product containers at any of its counters, and you get a free lipstick for your contribution. There’s also Aveda, which accepts twist-on and flip-top caps from shampoo, water, soda and other beverage bottles.

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