Razor blades are made from recyclable metals… but you cannot recycle them. In fact, in some places it’s actually illegal to recycle razor blades!
Why? Because razors can harm the sanitation workers and animals that come into contact with them. They are also very thin, so they easily get caught in recycling equipment and cause damage.
You can’t recycle razor blades, but you can’t just toss them in the regular trash either. So how do you dispose of them safely?
Properly dispose of a single razor blade
- Wrap the blade in several folds of paper or between two cardboard pieces.
- Bind the paper or cardboard thoroughly with tape, so there is little chance the blades will come free.
- NOW you can put the safely wrapped blade in the regular household trash.
Dispose of several razor blades at once
- Buy a can of plain soup broth and cut a thin slot into the top with a craft knife or tin snips. The slot should be thin enough that blades can be deposited, but have little chance of sliding back out.
- Drain the soup and rinse it clean to avoid pests and odors.
- Clearly label your new blade bank before filling it with razors and keep it out of reach from children and pets.
- Once the can is three-quarters full, tape over the slot and dispose with the regular household trash.
Throw away disposable razors
- Wrap the blade-end of the razor in paper, fold it a few times and bind it with tape.
- It is now safe to discard in the regular household trash.