Becoming a Better Recycler with the Care To Recycle® Program

Posted on: April 22nd, 2016 by


Care To Recycle® and Me!


This doesn’t happen too often, but I have a confession to make: I am a lazy recycler. Yes, I admit it, it’s true. (My head is currently hanging in shame.) When it comes to areas like the home office and the kitchen, I am on my recycling A-game. But when it’s time to recycle items from the bathroom, like personal care products? Sometimes my family and I just toss the bottles in the trash. It’s a terrible habit that I would love for us to break, and thanks to the amazing Care To Recycle® program, we are now well on our way to improving our bathroom recycling habits.


I spy... bottles that should be recycled when they're used up!

I spy… bottles that should be recycled when they’re used up!


Care To Recycle®, a program of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., provides creative new ways for parents to reimagine their bathroom recycling habits or lack thereof, while engaging their children.


While my kids know about recycling and understand for the most part which household items get recycled, they still weren’t very motivated (like myself) to continue the trend when it came time for bathroom recycling. A 2016 consumer survey on in-home recycling habits, conducted in partnership with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., shows that 60% of parents would be more likely to discuss recycling with their children if it was an activity they could do together and they had more creative, engaging ways to explain the impact of recycling. Knowing this, we realized that we need to make recycling fun for the kids so that they embrace it.


But How??


We decided to discuss with the children which items in our bathroom are recyclable, from shampoo bottles to Band-Aid boxes. That way, when the time comes, they realize that it shouldn’t be thrown in the garbage. In addition, we realized that we don’t have a recycling can in our bathroom! (Did you know that the largest obstacle when it comes to bathroom recycling of personal care products is a lack of tools and resources? Only one in five recyclers have a recycling bin in their bathroom.) The kids picked out one that they liked best, a pink metal bucket, and placed it right next to the shower for easy access. Up next? They want to pick out some special stickers and decorate the bucket!


All hail our new recycling bucket!


Care To Recycle® seeks to break down barriers commonly associated with bathroom recycling by showing that recycling in the bathroom can be easy and fun! As a family, we brainstormed ways to make recycling fun. We came up with some great ideas and we hope you give them a try with your family!


3 Ways to Get Kids Involved in Bathroom Recycling

  • Just like us, have your children create their own recycling bin for the bathroom. Decorate it with stickers or sharpies. Decoupage on pictures. Wrap it in fancy contact paper.
  • Set up a mini basketball net over a small recycling bin. The kids will love to “shoot hoops” with their mouthwash bottles and soap boxes.
  • Incorporate emptying the recycling bin into the weekly chores for the kids. A small prize or coin for their piggy bank will help them to be excited about emptying the bin!



The kids were BEYOND excited to recycle when we put a bin under a basketball hoop!

The kids were BEYOND excited to recycle when we put a bin under a basketball hoop!


We would love to hear how your family is trying to encourage recycling around your home. To better understand which bathroom products can and cannot be recycled, visit the Care To Recycle® website.


How do you get your kids excited to recycle?


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Nancy is a lifelong resident of Monmouth County and loves raising her family near the beach. She is the mom of two daughters and a son, ages 3-8. Nancy holds a degree in Public Relations and has a background in nonprofit fundraising. She is excited to join the Jersey Family Fun team and write about all of the great things happening in New Jersey.

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