Gillette, in partnership with international recycling leader TerraCycle, announced for the first time in Canada, all brands of disposable razors, replaceable-blade cartridge units and razor plastic packaging are recyclable on a national scale. Earlier this year, TerraCycle and Gillette made this same recycling option possible in the U.S.
Through the innovative partnership, consumers are invited to recycle their razors in two ways:
- Gillette Razor Recycling Program: Participants wishing to recycle their razors from home are invited to sign up on the program page. When ready to ship their waste, they can simply download a free TerraCycle shipping label, package the razors in a secure, puncture-proof package and send it to TerraCycle for recycling.
- Gillette Razor Local Recycling Solutions: Businesses, gyms, colleges, cities and community organizations are invited to become public drop-off points for the Gillette Razor Recycling Program. Participants interested in becoming a drop-off point are invited to sign up on the program page. After acceptance to the program, they will be sent an exclusive razor recycling bin developed by TerraCycle and Gillette. Once full, they can simply seal and return the bin to TerraCycle via UPS and a new one will be sent back to them. The address listed in the account will be posted on the publicly available map of local recycling solutions on the Gillette Razor Recycling Program page.
“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 TerraCycle CEO and Founder Tom Szaky in a statement. “We are proud to partner with this forward-thinking company to offer consumers a way to divert razor waste from landfills.”
“We are very excited about our partnership with TerraCycle to offer recycling for Gillette, Venus or any razor brand across Canada. This is an important first step toward sustainable solutions for shaving products and the start of an exciting journey with Gillette and TerraCycle,” said Gillette Canada Leader Jennifer Seiler in a statement.
For every shipment of waste sent to TerraCycle through the Gillette Razor Recycling Program or the Gillette Razor Local Recycling Solution, collectors earn points that can be used for charity gifts or converted to cash and donated to the nonprofit, school or charitable organization of their choice. The collected packaging will be recycled into a variety of new consumer products such as park benches, bike racks, pet food bowls and recycling bins.