Once you’re done with your hair products, the logical choice is to throw them away. Due to the hazardous chemicals in shampoos, hair sprays and gels it is important to avoid tossing them into the trash with your regular garbage. Hair products are considered hazardous waste because they are often flammable and pollute the trash site's soil. In order to properly dispose of hair products, it is necessary to complete use up the products before throwing away or recycling the bottle.
Use up the remaining product. Once the product bottle is empty it is safe to throw in the trash. Do not pour hair products down the drain, as this pollutes the water and can clog your pipes.
Take the bottles to a local recycling center. Recycling centers in your city may offer hazardous waste pick-up, or you can drop off your empty bottles at a local disposal site. Seal your empty bottles in a plastic garbage bag or a bag recommended by your city's recycling center. Visit Earth911.com to find a recycling center near you.
Give the products away. Unused products can be donated or given away, which guarantees the product will be used before being discarded. Some recycling centers have household hazardous waste exchange programs that allow you to give your hair products to others.