Got empties? Recycle your beauty with TerraCycle®

To ensure your beauty empties don’t end up in landfill, we’ve partnered with TerraCycle, the global leaders in recycling the unrecyclable. Rather than throwing away your already-loved bottles, pots, tubes, and palettes, TerraCycle’s recycling program lets us send back your beauty waste, ready to be sorted, processed, and transformed into something new (and just as beautiful). Next time you hit pan or have squeezed as much as you can out of your favourite beauty, give your local MECCA a visit and pop your clean empties into a labelled bin, or pass them on to a team member at the registers—we’ll take care of the rest. For a full list of what can and can’t be recycled, see below.

Where can I recycle my beauty products?

In ALL Mecca doors across Australia and NZ from April 27th, 2021

I’ve brought my empties into my local store. What do I do now?

Head to the register to find a friendly MECCA Team Host and they will take your empties (in a safe and hygienic way)

What can I put in a TerraCycle Beauty Waste Bin?

Any brand of cosmetic, hair care or skin care packaging such as:

  • Shampoo bottles and caps
  • Conditioner bottles and caps
  • Hair gel tubes and caps
  • Hair spray bottles and triggers
  • Hair paste plastic jars and caps
  • Lip balm tubes
  • Face soap dispensers and tubes
  • Lotion bottles, tubes, dispensers, and jars
  • Shaving foam tubes (no cans)
  • Lip gloss tubes
  • Mascara tubes
  • Eye liner pencils and cases
  • Eye Shadow tubes
  • Concealer tubes and sticks

Note – the above must be empty or almost empty. TerraCycle will not accept any returns that still have product in them.

What can’t I put in a TerraCycle Beauty Waste Bin?
  • Aerosol cans
  • Perfume bottles
  • Nail polish bottles and nail polish remover bottles
  • Electronic items such as blow dryers and straighteners
  • Any bio-medical or bio-hazardous waste or
  • Any contents of packaging such as nail-polish, lotion, soap or ointments
What happens to my items once I provide them to the MECCA Host?

Everything collected is sent to TerraCycle to be sorted and processed into raw materials that can be reused instead of being sent to landfill. Read below to learn how different types of materials are recycled.

PLASTICS: Plastics are separated by number, melted down, and turned into pellets that can be moulded and extruded to produce new products.

METALS: Metals are separated by type and smelted into ingots for reuse.

GLASS: Glass is cleaned and sorted by colour for processing. It is then crushed and melted to be used in new glass products.