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Disposing of unwanted hygiene products

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Is there a nice way to get rid of unwanted hygiene/cosmetic products (shampoos, oils, etc.)

I have some stuff I decided is not suitable to my needs. The obvious answer is to throw them away. But...

1) They are still usable, and probably someone would be happy with them. So would be great if it was possible to give them away. I hate wasting

2) If I am throwing away, was planning to take the plastic parts to recycling. But then I would have to empty them into my sink meaning lots of chemicals go into world waters system
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Flush em down the toilet.
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Re: Disposing of unwanted hygiene products

Unless you have friends or family, I cannot imagine anybody else in Switzerland accepting second hand toiletries. People are squeamish here.

Disposal: just put them in your normal rubbish, and they will be incinerated, and properly disposed of.

Flushing them down the toilet will mean they will eventually be in the rivers Rhône or Rhine, and that isn't very nice is it?
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Unless you have friends or family, I cannot imagine anybody else in Switzerland accepting second hand toiletries. People are squeamish here.

Disposal: just put them in your normal rubbish, and they will be incinerated, and properly disposed of.

Flushing them down the toilet will mean they will eventually be in the rivers Rhône or Rhine, and that isn't very nice is it?
Then will try to hope someone properly takes care of it..

Though I am not sure how squeamish people in Switzerland are though... I am many times surprised by many in my opinion unhygenic activities many Swiss people do...
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Re: Disposing of unwanted hygiene products

Find your local freecycle/to give away Facebook group... I see cosmetics/hygine products "used once, don't like" being given away every week on my Lausanne one... People aren't as squeamish as it may seem these days!
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Flushing them down the toilet will mean they will eventually be in the rivers Rhône or Rhine, and that isn't very nice is it?
Toilet flush water goes to Rivers?
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Toilet flush water goes to Rivers?
Well depends on where you live and naturally after been thoroughly cleaned...but many chemicals pass through the cleaning process.

You do realise that most estimates of cocaine consumption are based on analysis of river water. Think for a moment why that might be....
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Re: Disposing of unwanted hygiene products

Contact your local asylum centre. That's how one of my friends got rid of her excess stuff. They were very grateful for it.
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Re: Disposing of unwanted hygiene products

What I was going to suggest too. I have many friends who have worked for an asylum centre, and they were always asking for stuff like that- providing is is clean.
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Flush em down the toilet.
Foam party!

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Toilet flush water goes to Rivers?
Eventually, yes. It first goes to a purification centre, but things like shampoos and toiletries, Qtips, tampons and the like- make the process much more complicated, messy and expensive. So NO- unused toiletries are better put in the bin, if you can't find anyone to give it to.

The chemicals in toiletries interact with the chlorine used in the purification process, and can mutate into cancer inducing molecules, it seems. Same with unused drugs, which should never be put down the toilets, but in the bin or in larger quantity, returned to the chemist's (and also produce a feminisation process in fish, etc, in the case of the pill and other hormones).
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