It’s that time of year again when growing a moustache becomes acceptable – even encouraged. Creating the perfect moustache is hard work, but what happens when November 30 comes around and you come face-to-Mo with a dull razor? The upper lip region deserves to be treated with respect – dull blades, fringed wires and low battery power will not do your sensitive face justice. So when it’s time to dispose of that old razor or beard trimmer taking up coveted counter space in your bathroom, recycle it and help support cancer research and awareness in the process.
During the month of November, ElectroRecycle, B.C.’s small appliance and power tool recycling program, is donating $5 to prostate and testicular cancer research for every electric and rechargeable razor, beard trimmer and hair shaver collected, up to a maximum of $10,000. Movember is a global charity and movement that seeks to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges. Approximately 1,000 electric razors and trimmers are collected by ElectroRecycle each month. With the $10,000 goal in mind, the program is hoping to double that number this November. More recycling means “Mo’” money for cancer research.
“We hate to see a month’s work of growing get wiped away with a dull, rusty or slow razor,” said Julie Robertson, Program Coordinator at ElectroRecycle. “Recycling old and broken razors is helping cancer research and awareness, the environment and your upper lip. It’s a mo-brainer.”
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to afflict men in Canada with approximately 23,600 men diagnosed annually. One in seven males are expected to be diagnosed with this form of cancer in their lifetime. It is the third most common cause of death in Canadian men. However, if detected and treated early, there is a 95 per cent survival rate.
Canada has a lot for be proud of, demonstrating great support for prostate cancer research and treatment. In 2012, over 247,000 Canadians participated in Movember, raising $42.6 million. This resulted in Canada taking the title for the top fundraising nation – a title ElectroRecycle wants to encourage with this recycling initiative.
ElectroRecycle is the first recycling program of its kind in Canada, and the only government-approved recycling program in B.C. for electrical appliances. The not-for-profit initiative, introduced in 2011 by the Canadian Electrical Stewardship Association (CESA), provides an environmentally friendly alternative for a variety of electrical products, such as toasters, blenders, irons, sewing machines and electric toothbrushes that would otherwise end up in our landfills. More than 300 types of electrical products are accepted for drop-off through the ElectroRecycle program, free-of-charge. It’s accessible and convenient, with over 145 drop-off locations across the province.
For a full list of accepted products and to find out where you can drop off your old electronic razor or beard trimmer, visit www.electrorecycle.ca.
Electric razor recycling facts
- An estimated 18,900 shavers and trimmers have been recycled since launch – that’s 22,500 kg of man-scaping recyclables!
- Electric shavers, razors and trimmers make up 1.5 per cent of total items collected by ElectroRecycle.
- Over 2,000 men in Vancouver alone use electric razors.
- 16 per cent of Canadians who use a razor, opt for an electronic variety.
- Blessed with a thick beard? The thicker the beard, the more often you need to replace your electronic shaver.
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