Australia’s first national recycling program for razors badged the Gillette Razor Recycling Program has launched after P&G brands Gillette and Venus joined forces with TerraCycle.
The program covers disposable and refillable razors, blade cartridges and plastic packaging for all brands of razors and their packaging. Just like a takeaway coffee cup, while technically recyclable, the metal and plastic components of razors are also time consuming to separate and sort. This means that they usually end up in landfill.
Now any household, community organisation, business or individual can sign up to recycle these items as well as raise money for the school, sports club, or charity of their choosing.
To participate in the program, shavers sign up through the TerraCycle website, download a free shipping label and place their used razors in any cardboard box or carton. These can then be sent for free through Australia Post.
TerraCycle Australia and New Zealand, general manager Jean Bailliard said he expected that this would be one of TerraCycle’s most popular recycling initiatives to date.
“We expect there are many Australians who will be very keen to start collecting and returning their razor blades and packaging so they can be recycled, rather than placing them in landfill.
“Later in the year once normal routines commence, we will also be encouraging community participation through sports clubs, gyms and our existing community networks to increase the volume of collections even further,” he said.