We often get asked how to properly dispose of safety razor blades here in Hong Kong, so we figured it was time to share some info on this topic! We recently asked Majorie, the founder of our favorite safety razor brand Bareaya, to help us with these details and this is what she had to share with us...
"Recycling in Hong Kong is always a challenge, because it's difficult to know where to go, and you can't always be sure of what will become of the waste.
First things first: razor blades cannot and should not be thrown loose in the metal recycling bin. It would be a hazard for people handling them as they can cut through the trash bags.
In HK, you also have to know that the general municipality waste management system doesn't take back used blades for recycling. That being said, we do have a multitude of small collection shops and a website to search for them. For razor blades, like for anything out of the ordinary, my go-to website is this one:
If you enter "collector", then "Ferrous Metals" (shaving blades are usually stainless steel), and your district, you'll have a list of those small shops.
Because shaving blades are so tiny, it can take years to fill up a small container. Personally, I brought a tin of blades for recycling only once in HK. I went to 58 Second Street in SYP and a nice lady told me that yes they would be happy to take them as it's easy to recycle."
Awesome information, thanks Marjorie!
🌟 Bonus tip: change the blade as soon as you feel the shave is not as close as it used to be. It is usually around 5 to 10 shaves but will vary from one person to another. Always rinse and let the blade and razor dry after use to get the best of their lifespan potential.