Closing the loop on Cosmetic Waste


With support from the Australian Government, we are partnering with Myer to inform the feasibility of a national product stewardship scheme for cosmetics. We are running a cosmetics collection trial for an eight-week period from 22 July – 16 September. During this period consumers can bring any brand of used cosmetic makeup items to collection points in the twelve participating Myer stores. With guidance from peak industry body, Accord, the trial aims to test different processing methods and research new ways of recycling to achieve higher value end products. Further details and participating locations can be found below.

Where can I drop off my used cosmetics?

We are proud to be partnering with Myer to run these trials. You can drop off any brand of cosmetic items to the twelve participating Myer stores listed below. You can also take advantage of the long-standing and highly successful Back to MAC program and drop-off M·A·C branded products to any M·A·C store across Australia.


  • Myer Melbourne City
  • Myer Chadstone
  • Myer Highpoint
  • Myer Ballarat


  • Myer Sydney City
  • Myer Parramatta
  • Myer Albury


  • Myer Brisbane City
  • Myer North Lakes


  • Myer Adelaide City


  • Myer Perth City
  • Myer Joondalup

What can I drop off?

Is your item listed below? Check the list to see whether the product is being accepted as part of the collection trials. You can also scan your product using the Recycle Mate app to find out if it’s accepted, and where your closest collection point is. You can also use Recycle Mate to check what products are accepted in your kerbside recycling!


Bring in your used eye, lip, face makeup and nail polish. Examples include:

  • Eyeliner
  • Eyeshadow
  • Eyebrow pencil / gel / powder
  • Mascara
  • Brow liners
  • Eyebrow gel
  • Lipstick
  • Lip liner
  • Lip primer
  • Lip gloss
  • Lip balm
  • Lip stains and lip inks
  • Blush
  • Liquid and powder foundations
  • Compact / setting powder / loose powder
  • Highlighter
  • Bronzer
  • Face primer and concealers (liquid, cream, stick)
  • Nail polish/varnish and nail polish remover
  • Nail treatments / nail creams
  • Setting spray
  • Face moisturiser / day & night creams / BB cream
  • Toner
  • Hand cream
  • Body lotion
  • Self-tanning products
  • Makeup remover / cleanser
  • Perfume bottles

Not Accepted

The following items cannot be accepted:

  • Electronic items (e.g. blow dryers or straighteners)
  • Scissors or cutting implements
  • Shaving razors
  • Bio-medical or bio-hazardous waste

Note: Check first if the items you have can go in your kerbside recycling bin. If not, then bring it to one of our collection points!

How to check what goes into kerbside? Use the Recycle Mate app!

What happens next?

Once collected, products will be sorted into eight categories (based on material type) and either recycled or remanufactured into other products. Hard and soft plastics will be shredded and used in TonerPlas, an asphalt additive which uses waste plastics and toner from old printer cartridges to create roads that last longer and require less maintenance than traditional asphalt. Hard plastics will also be used in our Resin8 concrete additive. Metals will be separated and sent to a metals recycling facility, and glass will be crushed for use as a sand replacement in building materials for the construction industry.

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