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Hi everyone, I'm hoping someone out there can help me. As I get new makeup for 2010, I am wondering what kind of programs are out there to recycle old makeup. I hate to just throw it in the garbage and fill up the landfills with it. I live in Northern British Columbia in Canada and we don't seem to have any programs in place for this. Can you suggest anything especially if you're a Canadian too? Thanx.

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Comment by Kimberley Watkins on January 10, 2010 at 10:07pm
Thanx you for tips you guys. Appreciate it lots.
Comment by Ingrid Snyman on January 10, 2010 at 9:20pm
Hmm, I hold onto my makeup (foundation, mascara, moisturiser, lipstick etc) until it is used up. If it is a bad purchase, i.e. the colour is not right, then I throw it out.
So... my suggestions - shop carefully to get the right colour, don't make impulse buys, and don't buy new makeup if there is nothing wrong with what you are currently using.
Of course magazines will tell you to update your makeup often but think about it - that is just marketing to get people to sell more ! For example, I have certainly never got an eye infection from using a 5 year old eyeliner, in fact I have never seen any of my friends with eye infections either. I don't believe this idea that makeup over 6 months old should be thrown out just for the sake of it.
To recycle, tip the contents down the toilet and wash out the plastic or glass bottles and recycle them. That is what I do.
I got rid of some partially used make-up at a garage sale - I put it in a box marked "free to take" and teenagers took it.
Best wishes.
Comment by Guin on January 4, 2010 at 5:22pm
I just thought of another alternative. Do a Google search "recycle makeup" and you'll actually find tons of suggestions. Some makeup manufacturers will take your empty containers (and some even give you credit towards new makeup purchases, i.e., MAC). Again, if your unwanted makeup is over 6 months old, best to throw it out.
Comment by Guin on January 4, 2010 at 5:19pm
Unless the makeup is unopened and six months old or less then the only real option you have is to throw it away. One alternative is to throw away the makeup and keep/reuse/recycle the containers.

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