How can I reuse or recycle hairdressers scissors?

We’ve had an email from Tasha:

We are a hairdressing scissors company trying to find a charity we can send old hairdressing scissors too?

If you know of any could you please let me know.

I don’t know of any – does anyone else?

What about charities that collect scrap metal in general? From what I’ve read, hairdressers scissors tend to be make from steel and that’s widely recyclable – does anyone know of any charities that collect steel to raise money from recycling?

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6 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle hairdressers scissors?”

  1. Linda says:

    Often schools in NZ do a scrap metal drive. Perhaps schools could also use scissors that are not sharp enough for hairdressing but fine for general paper cutting.

    Perhaps to an art school for very interesting sculpture!

  2. Chris says:

    I’d love some for grooming my Old English Sheepdog if you think they could be sharpened enough for that. I can sharpen blades with a Dremel tool myself. It’s very difficult to find good quality shears on a budget.
    Jacksonville, FL

  3. anna says:

    How about getting a scissors sharpener?
    Just because a knife or scissors aren’t sharp any more doesn’t mean they should be thrown away! There are even household knife+scissors sharpeners available. I’m sure there are more industrial strength ones available too.
    How about sharpening them, and then selling them cheaper or donating e.g. to barbers in poorer countries?

  4. I guess you can go and give the scissors to the scrap metal centers. I think that is the easiest way to recycle them.

  5. Alice says:

    Now what is the name of that charity that fixes old gardening tools and sends them to “developing” countries for use in agriculture? I bet they’d take them, good scissors are always useful. Does anyone know the one I mean?

    Please tell me that hairdressers are taught to sharpen scissors and not just get rid of them as soon as they get blunt though…!

  6. Mary says:

    there is a non profit in Haiti that teaches women to sew quilts, they are sold at Macy’s! on their wish list is scissors for each women learning to sew. The name is PeaceQuilts!

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