BIC and TerraCycle® celebrate the 10th anniversary of their launch of the first razor recycling program

This is the latest release in a long collaboration that began a decade ago with the first writing material recycling program.

The BIC brand, a world leader in stationery, lighters and razors, and TerraCycle®, a world leader in the treatment of difficult to recycle waste, have signed an agreement to join forces to launch the first free recycling program in Spain of razors. Through the BIC® Razor Recycling Program, BIC and Terracycle® will collect razors throughout the Spanish mainland, whatever the brand, and will recycle them to transform them into soap dishes or other bathroom items, promoting the circular economy. With the launch of this program, BIC further strengthens its commitment to sustainability.

The program allows you to collect and recycle plastic razors of any brand, rechargeable or not. The different public collection points for razors can be found geolocated on the website of TerraCycle. Once the products are collected, the pieces are separated and recycled to become raw material that will give life to new recycled plastic products, thus enhancing the circular economy. As for the blades, they will be cast into ingots for reuse in the metallurgical industry. In this way, waste can be used again by manufacturers and is reintroduced into the production system, helping to avoid the use of raw materials.

BIC y TerraCycle united once again for recycling

BIC has found in TerraCycle® the perfect ally to promote these sustainable initiatives. It is an innovative recycling company that has become a world leader in the treatment of difficult-to-recycle waste, currently operating in 20 countries. TerraCycle helps more than a hundred multinational companies in the collection of packaging and waste that cannot be recycled through traditional separation channels so that they do not end up in the landfill or incinerated.

«We are very proud to launch this new razor collection and recycling program with TerraCycle. 10 years ago we started our collaboration by launching the first writing material collection and recycling program with which, to date, we have achieved Recycle several tons of writing material in Spain and give them a new life as outdoor furniture that, in turn, is recyclable again» says Pedro Domingos, General Director of BIC Iberia.

For her part, Amanda Balada, from TerraCycle® in Spain has stated: “We are very pleased to be collaborating with BIC on this new razor collection and recycling program. This solution will allow Spaniards to give their razors a second life by avoiding landfill or incineration. Thanks to this innovative program, BIC and TerraCycle reduce the impact of this product by offering a free and convenient way to recycle razors ”.

How to participate in this program?

You can collaborate in the program in two ways: by depositing the product at the collection points or by forming part of the network of public collectors, which is open to student residences, associations, companies or businesses. To do this, you just have to register on the program page (www.terracycle.com/registra-bic) to receive their container boxes. Pickers can then send their boxes full of product for recycling by logging into their TerraCycle® account and scheduling a pickup with the carrier.

The benefits of the program go beyond recycling, as participants can also help raise donations for charities. For every shipment over 2 kilos, 100 TerraCycle® points are awarded per kilo, points that can be converted into donations to the charity of the collector’s choice.

This program is one more step on the road to sustainability at BIC that began more than 15 years ago and which has become the central and cross-cutting element of the different activities of the company: starting with the production itself at source, using it for its products. only the necessary material and ensuring the duration of its products. All this forming part of BIC’s 4R philosophy, whose objective is to reduce, recycle, use recycled elements and make them rechargeable.

In addition, the company has set very important objectives in relation to sustainability for 2025, such as reducing its environmental impact and its carbon emissions in the production of its products and operations. In October last year, the company announced two additional commitments regarding the use of plastic: by 2030 BIC® aims for 50% of its products to be non-petroleum-derived plastic, with a first target of 20% by 2025; and that 100% of its consumer plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable.

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