Might be accepted to recycle
According to TerraCycle, toothpaste tubes are separated then shredded. Manufacturers then 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 each city has a different criteria to determine what to include into its recycling scheme. For example, the City of Toronto will collect waste and recyclables and sell it to private companies. In order to do this, there should be enough, clean, and uncontaminated items. On top of this, the company needs to be willing to buy the material collected by the city.
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 cities $9 million or they end up in landfills which costs cities about $8 million.