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How to dispose of personal hygiene items

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Personal hygiene items

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Put personal hygiene products in your black cart as garbage. This includes:

  • Wet wipes, disinfecting wipes, wet naps, and other disposable wipes
  • Band-aids
  • Personal wipes
  • Cosmetic wipes
  • Dental floss
  • Cotton balls
  • Q-tips and cotton swabs
  • Condoms
  • Cosmetics and makeup
  • Petroleum jelly

Special instructions

Never flush personal hygiene items down the toilet, sink or drain as they can be harmful to the environment and may cause damage to the pipes in your home.

Why can't it be composted?

  • Many hygiene products are often used for make-up removal, cleaning and other chemicals that do not belong in the green cart.
  • Hygiene products may also be made of a mix of organic and synthetic fibres, plastic or manufactured products that will not breakdown during the composting process.

To ensure we're creating the highest quality compost possible, leave these items out of your green cart.

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Title: What Goes Where?
Author: City of Calgary
Description: Residential recycling and disposal search tool