How to dispose of knife blades?

Well, lucky for you, the answer is yes. You can always place your kitchen knives in the recycling bin once you decide you're done with them. What really matters is how they are placed in the bin when that happens. Check with local recycling companies to see what types of materials they accept to see if their knives make the cut (pun intended).

Your knives will then be added to your trash can, where they will be melted and recycled. If you're not sure how to dispose of general-purpose knife blades, take them to a local hardware store or scrap program. They may be willing to take them out of your hands as long as they don't have a price. In case you want to recover something from your blades, ask if they are willing to return it.

They're not a big problem in recycling facilities, but you shouldn't rely on this practice when discarding the blades of your all-purpose knives. Instead of throwing the knife in the trash, contact your local recycling center to find out if they recycle knives or consider donating the knife to a local company, such as the Salvation Army. Many old kits had a slot for discarding razor blades, and some of these blades could reach the basement. I recently bought a pack of 50 Dewalt Carbide Edge multi-purpose blades and, with my first blade change, I'm already appreciating the garbage storage compartment.

There are knife disposal containers you can buy and there are also several ways to create knife dispensers from everyday containers. Instead, look for a piece of cardboard that is longer than the knife blade and is more than twice the depth of the blade with an inch (~3 cm) or more to spare. Fold the cardboard in half, so that it is now approximately larger than the size of the sheet, and then place the blade so that the back of the knife is against the fold (you can do it the other way around, but you run the risk of damaging the knife, cutting paper is not good for knives), then glue it with adhesive tape. Most people like the idea of having a knife easily sharpened by the sacrifice of leaving “a few cuts in the blade”.

It's something I've wanted to do for a while, but I haven't been checking the blades of multi-purpose knives often enough to stop and deal with it.

William Mlynek
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