I contacted Clinique, which is indirectly connected to Origins, and they said that the Origins program will take any company’s empty cleaned out make up bottles for recycling. I checked at my local Origins counter and the woman there said they will even take old mascara containers (not washed out). www.origins.com/about/index.tmpl?page=recycle
It can be hard to part with a favorite lipstick or shadow but not too hard if you find yourself with repeated infections from using expired cosmetics. This is as good of a time as any to print out this list and go through that stash in the back of your make up drawer and make a clean sweep.
Michele is an R.N. freelance writer with a special interest in women’s health care and quality of care issues. Other articles by Michele can be read at http://www.helium.com/users/487540/show_articles