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Recycle Your Razors: Companies Partner to Offer First-Ever Program

The world's first-ever razor recycling program kicks off, with the goal of reusing the plastic and metal in the more than 2 billion razors thrown away every year


(Image: Gillette website)

Are you the kind of person who cringes when you throw away something you think could be recycled?

Here's a creative new solution that will make sure the plastic and metal in your used disposable shaving razors is recycled instead of dumped in a landfill.

Gillette and the New Jersey based recycling company TerraCycle are partnering to create a program which will allow you to recycle those razors.

Here's how it works. You sign up (click here) to join the program, and when you're ready to recycle your razors, go back to the website print out a TerraCycle tracking label and mail your package (at your cost).

"We are making an effort to help recycle the estimated 2 billion razors thrown away every year." Gillette website

You can also sign up (click here) to become a public drop-off point for the Razor Recycling Program, maybe at your gym, office, or college. These drop-off recycling partners will be able to ship collected razors for free. These collections can also become a fundraiser, earning TerraCycle points which are redeemable for donation to places like schools and non-profits.

(Image: TerraCycle website )

All brands (not just Gillette) of blades and razors (systems and disposable units, replaceable-blade cartridge units), rigid plastic packaging, and flexible plastic bag packaging are accepted. If you choose to rinse your razors, they have to be completely dry before you ship them. The plastic in the razors is made into pellets to be what's called "up-cycled" into new products, like picnic tables and park benches. The metal is sent for smelting.

Click here to read more about the recycling process.

"We are proud to partner with this forward-thinking company to offer consumers a way to divert razor waste from landfills." Tom Szaky, TerraCycle CEO

Right now the program is only available in the U.S., but the companies are working on similar initiatives in other countries.

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