Even though bathrooms are small rooms they still make rubbish - from the toilet rolls to the cleaning products. Here are helpful hints to reduce, reuse, recycle and dispose of the rubbish found in your bathroom.

Beauty Products

  • Consider purchasing a quality long-life razor or shaver and reduce the need for disposable razors.
  • Buy cosmetics in recyclable packaging i.e. glass, plastic, cardboard.
  • Tissues and cotton balls can be composted or fed into your worm farm.
  • Nail polish remover is a hazardous chemical.  Check the label and buy "acetone free" products (you may have to rub harder to get the nail polish off but it is better for the environment).

Hygiene Products

  • Instead of buying tubes of toothpaste, you can make your own or buy toothsoap that comes in a recyclable glass jar.
  • Old toothbrushes can be used for cleaning/scrubbing in small spaces i.e. dirt trapped in the sole of your shoe.
  • Aerosol deodorant cans are recyclable.
  • Toilet rolls are recyclable and compostable.  They are also good for art and craft projects.
  • Purchase refills for your liquid soap.
  • Make your own soap.


  • Some household cleaning products are toxic.  There are a number of non-toxic, biodegradable and environmentally friendly products available at your local supermarket.  Check the label and look for biodegradable and recyclable symbols.
  • Make your own cleaning products.
  • Recycle the plastic cleaning product bottle.
  • Purchase concentrates and refillable versions.


  • Where possible change to mercury free CFL's (Compact Fluorescent Light) bulbs.
  • If you are retrofitting or building a new house ask your building about where to best place the windows or skylights to take advantage of the natural lighting.
  • Take advantage of natural lighting by opening curtains and blinds.
  • CFL light bulbs can be recycled.
  • Incandescent light bulbs cannot be recycled.  The best way to dispose of these bulbls is to carefully wrap them in newspaper and place in your rubbish bin.