Getting your tube ready for recycling is easy: simply squeeze out as much of the toothpaste from the tube as you can, replace the cap, and place the tube in your recycling bin. The Colgate + YOU toothpaste tube can be put into your household recycling bin for curbside recycling if your community accepts #2 HDPE plastic. #2 plastic is a valuable, commonly recycled plastic and is what many laundry detergent bottles and milk jugs are made from.
Please don't cut open the toothpaste tube to try and remove excess toothpaste! During the processing of the tube at the recycling facility, the tube is ground up and goes through a washing process. So there's no need for you to do any rinsing at home.
Please note that because all tubes in the market are undergoing a transition to the recyclable type, communities may still not list tubes on their recyclable lists.