Might be accepted to recycle
According to TerraCycle, toothpaste tubes are separated then shredded. Finally, manufacturers melt these pieces into hard plastic.
In theory we can recycle toothpaste tubes, however, many cities do not have the resources to do it. This is because cities have a criteria to determine to add a new item in the recycling scheme or not. For example, the City of Toronto will collect waste and recyclables to private companies. In order to do this, there should be enough, clean, and uncontaminated items. On top of that, a company needs to be willing to buy the material
Recycling cost more than making a new tube
We researched to find out how much it costs to recycle tubes. Recycling toothpaste tubes costs 17% more than creating new plastic tubes. If the tubes do not get recycled it will be incinerated which costs $9 million or ends up in landfills which costs $8 million.