Cosmetics giant Maybelline launches recycling scheme to tackle plastic waste

Global cosmetics brand Maybelline has teamed up with TerraCycle to launch the UK’s biggest makeup recycling scheme to reduce plastic waste.

More than 1,000 stores nationwide have signed up to the scheme including branches of Boots, Superdrug, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.

Each store has a recycling station, and Maybelline are hoping to expand to further stores in 2021.

Any and every branded products of the following are accepted:

-compacts and palettes

-mascaras and liners

-lip gloss tubes and bullet lipstick tubes

-plastic tubes and bottles such as foundation and concealer tubes

-other make-up packaging such as sprays pumps and caps.

Makeup brushes and nail polishes are not accepted and regular recycling is best for glass and cardboard packaging.

All you need to do is drop off your empties and TerraCycle collects them to be cleaned and recycled.

The plastic packaging is recycled into plastic pellets which can be used for a number of moulded plastic products.

Maybelline, on their website, said: “Maybelline’s role is to make the break up with empty makeup easy and looking after the planet even easier.”

Currently, there are about 15 stores in Greater Manchester where you can go to recycle your makeup packaging.

This is a great scheme to get make up lovers to do their part for the environment and be rid of the piles of empties hidden away in a corner.

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