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Not sure what to do with used razors? You can now recycle them



More people are committed to keeping waste out of landfills, but are there items you aren’t recycling properly?

Shaving giant Gillette is teaming up with an international recycling company in a campaign aimed at keeping disposable razors, replaceable blade cartridge units and plastic packaging out of landfills, according to a report by Fastcompany.com.

TerraCycle, an international company that specializes in hard-to-recycle materials, is partnering with Gillette for the program beginning this month.

The Gillette Razor Recycling Program accepts all brands of disposable razor blades and cartridges, not just Gillette’s devices. 

“We are very excited about our partnership with TerraCycle to offer recycling for Gillette, Venus or any razor brand across the U.S. This is an important first step toward sustainable solutions for shaving products and the start of an exciting journey with Gillette and TerraCycle,” said Gary Coombe, CEO of Gillette, in a news release.

“We are thrilled to bring this option to our consumers in the U.S. and are already working on plans to roll out to more countries very soon.”

According to TerraCycle, razors can be shipped from home. To send them:

  • Join the program by clicking at the top of the Gillette Razor Recycling Program page.
  • When you are ready to ship them your waste, download a TerraCycle tracking label.
  • Affix your TerraCycle tracking label to your package and bring it to your preferred mail carrier to ship at your cost.

In addition, local businesses, colleges, cities and community organizations can sign up to become a recycling location.

Fastcompany.com said that individuals who use a Gillette subscription mail their used razors back in their subscription box.

“Through this innovative, first of its kind program, disposable razors, replaceable-blade cartridge units and their associated packaging are now nationally recyclable through the Gillette Recycling Program,” said Tom Szaky, TerraCycle CEO and founder, in a news release.

“We are proud to partner with this forward-thinking company to offer consumers a way to divert razor waste from landfills.”

The razor recycling initiative joins other programs in Michigan to help residents keep trash out of landfills.

Michigan is one of 10 states, and Guam, that has a deposit-refund system, allowing people to recycle certain bottles at various stores, such as Walmart and Kroger.

In addition, Michigan Office Solutions offers a Toner Recycling Program for people to send used toner cartridges.

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