Response from BIC about recycling disposable razor blades
You might remember last month, we asked ‘have BIC solved the razor in the landfill dilema‘
The short answer is ‘No’.
I wrote to BIC and asked them to expand more on the landfill waste created by their razors and whether we could recycle the blades.
Here is what I wrote:
I was very excited to hear about your new BicEcolutions, as anything that can help in the environmental campaign is a step in the right direction.
I posted about these razors on my website and have had a lot of interest from readers asking about disposal of the razors at the end of their life.
They are wondering if you can put the blades in with metal recycling or whether you have to separate compostable materials from landfill and how they could be improved to produce less landfill waste.
It would be great if you would consider writing a guest article for us to clear up these concerns. We have had both Ecover and Tetrapak recycling agree to writing guest posts after interest and questions from our readers.
You can read the article here:
Their response was:
We thank you for your email dated April 3rd, 2009 and for you interest in our products and we apologize for the delay in replying.
We congratulate you for your website http://myzerowaste.com, which is very interesting.
We understand that some of your website readers suggest the blade to be recycled. We precise you that for safety reason, we do not encourage to dismantle this part of the shaver.
Furthermore, we would like to inform you that recycling of BIC shavers is not possible for the moment. Recycling is justifiable for products at end of life when they offer significant potential in both weight and volume, or are easy to disassemble (like automobiles glass, paper and many kinds of packaging).
Products such as shavers do not meet these criteria: they are at the same time small, lightweight and scattered – which is why no companies collect and recycle them at this time.
Lastly, in order to reduce waste materials, BIC always encourage such elements:
* Products are intended to be used for as long as possible.
* They equally are lightweight, meaning the products are designed on the principle of “just what’s necessary”.
* Packagings are optimized, according to ecodesign principles.
We remain at your disposal, (boom Boom!) should you need any additional information.
So there you go. Not exactly moving forward, are we?! Back to hairy legs and cut throat razors …