The definition of recycling set out in the EU Waste Framework is: “Any recovery operation by which waste materials are reprocessed into products, materials or substances whether for the original or other purposes. It includes the reprocessing of organic material but does not include energy recovery and the reprocessing into materials that are to be used as fuels or for backfilling operations.”
There are certain items like shampoo and lotion bottles, toothpaste and soap boxes that are significantly less recycled than any other products.
All you have to do is:
Transform waste into useable products
In order to recycle cosmetic packaging properly, first, make sure all leftover product has been removed. Then find out what you can recycle. There are many cosmetic companies that provide take-back programs for empty containers. Some companies encourage recycle by giving a discount on a new product, and others collect the empty containers and reuse them.
Collect the items that can not be easily recycled
Put all questionable recyclability packaging like perfume bottles or aerosol cans into a different box. Find out if there is any possibility to recycle them, or to send them on their way. You can, also, start to make a collection bin in your neighborhood. In this way you will create a bigger impact and you will make people to be more responsible for recycling.