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Recycling at Ware


Recycling is not a perfect solution to consumer waste. (You can learn more about that here.) It is, however, one of the best solutions we have available to us at the moment - when done correctly. The more specific the waste stream, the more efficiently that material can be broken down into a new "virgin" material and turned into another product. So we've added a recycling station to our Asheville brick and mortar shop, with the goal of offering collection for some of our most-accumulated household wastes. 

Recycling at Ware, Asheville, NC

In all cases of collection, the materials/products must be empty, clean, and dry. Yes, even if it's hard to clean (we sell brushes down to straw brush size that you may find handy.) However, please read the very specific guidelines below for each type of collection. Failing to follow these prerequisites results in that product (and often anything it contaminates) being sent to the landfill.

PLEASE NOTE: We are, first and foremost, a retail store. If consistent community failure to comply with the guidelines on this page results in conflict with our ability to carry out our primary responsibilities, we won't be able to host these collections for long. (In other words: if you don't follow directions, you'll lose your privileges. My life as Ware Mom.) 

Recycling is to be brought in only during store hours.


Currently collecting:


This receptacle recycles any brand of empty cosmetic, hair care, or skin care packaging. All vessels must be empty of all product (even small items like mascara and lipstick tubes tubes or eye shadow pots and palettes) and free of oils and residues. Items must be loose and not bagged when deposited into the receptacle. If you bought the original product at Ware, check first to see if we can help you refill that vessel before tossing it! Accepting the following items:

  • Conditioner bottles and caps
  • Eye liner pencils (non-wooden) and cases
  • Eye shadow tubes
  • Face soap dispensers and tubes
  • Hair gel tubes and caps
  • Hair paste plastic jars and caps
  • Lip balm and lipstick tubes
  • Lip gloss tubes
  • Lotion bottles, tubes, dispensers, and jars
  • Mascara tubes 
  • Plastic concealer tubes and sticks
  • Shampoo bottles and caps
  • Shaving foam tubes (no cans)
  • Spray bottles, triggers, pumps, and droppers 

This collection does not accept aerosol or pressurized cans, electronic items such as blow dryers and straighteners, perfume bottles, nail polish bottles or removers, wooden eyeliner pencils, wooden or biodegradable packaging of any kind, any bio-medical, bio-hazardous waste, or partially full and full packaging (tubes, jars and containers) such as nail-polish, lotion, soap or ointments.

This recycling stream facilitated by Terracycle.


This receptacle accepts all brands of blades and razors (handles and disposable units, and replaceable-blade cartridge units), double-edged blades, rigid plastic packaging, and flexible plastic bag packaging.

This collection does not accept electric shavers or related accessories, shave brushes or shaving cream packaging (but that can go in our other recycling boxes, if it's not a pressurized can).

Razor recycling sponsored by Gillette and facilitated by Terracycle.



This receptacle recycles non-woven disposable plastic-based masks including 3-ply surgical, dust masks, KN95, and N95 masks.

This collection does not accept other types of protective gear like gloves, hair nets, or lab coats and garments. Do not include paper or cloth masks.Do not included medical waste. This applies to material contaminated with blood or bodily fluids that originate from health care facilities, hospitals, physicians' offices, dental offices, blood banks, veterinary clinics, research laboratories, etc. Typical residue from use of masks in public spaces is expected.

Mask recycling facilitated by Terracycle.


This receptacle accepts clothing, purses, belts, shoes, and other household textiles (including towels, sheets, etc). Any textile must be WASHED, DRY, NOT MOLDY, and NOT CONTAMINATED with a solvent-type liquid (gasoline, Goof Off, etc.).

This collection does not accept pillows, comforters, or foam mattresses or covers.

Textile recycling facilitated by Green Zone.


So, technically, this isn't a recycling program. It's betterit's a reuse program! Bring any clean, reusable, and washable shopping bag into our shop and deposit into the cute wooden crate that says "take a tote, leave a tote". We make these bags available to anyone who forgot their reusables at home, but would rather not take one of our (post-consumer recycled material) paper shopping bags.  

Recycling in Asheville

While many things are collected locally by our municipal curbside recycling (click here for a complete list specific to Asheville), many more materials and items can't be efficiently recycled by the City and their partners. For this reason, we are fortunate to have Asheville GreenWorks in our community. Every other month, they facilitate a Hard 2 Recycle day, where they accept just that - many of the things that are hard to find recycling programs for. This includes items like: styrofoam, computer monitors and cables, bicycles, and more. Additionally, the City of Asheville and GreenWorks have banded together to produce a search engine called the Recycling Wizard that gives users all of their local options for recycling when they input the thing they're trying to dispose of.