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    I put my rotary blades and bad needles in pins in my sharps container that I use for diabetic syringes.

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    Old coffee can for blades, old mint tins for needles.

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    Ohhhh, such good ideas! My husband is diabetic. Of course - I can use his sharps container!

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    I sew a lot; therefore, use a lot of needles. I was advised that if a trash hauler gets pricked by any kind of needle, they can refuse to pick up your trash in the future! I use old pill bottles, plastic boxes new pins come in, a large vitamin bottle, anything I can seal with duct tape and dispose of the in trash safely. For those who 'don't go through many needles', are you sure you're changing your needle often enough? A change after 8 hours of use, or after every project, is a good rule of thumb. Needles slightly bent or with burrs can do damage to your machine.

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    I wrap a ton of tape around the tips and then dump into the trash. I dont' want anyone getting poked!

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    I use a pill bottle and put a tiny hole in the cap. This was I just insert the used/damaged needles into it. When used up I just duct tape around the cap and dispose of it.

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    I use empty RX pill bottles.

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    I found that old Tic Tac boxes are perfect. Just flip the top, drop in the old needle, and close. I mark it in black magic marker OLD NEEDLES and it fits in near my machine very well. Whatever works!

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    Our county health department will provide a 'sharps' container (like the hospitals and doctors' offices use for needles) and then dispose of the container and contents when full. The large container will hold rotary blades as well. Makes me feel much better to dispose of them this way.

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    I use an empty pill bottle, too.

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    I use mechanical pencils and purchase extra lead. The little plastic tubes that the lead comes in makes great containers for old needles. When they are full I do put tape on the lid top to make sure it doesn't come off.

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    I used my old needles to hang pictures. They make such very small holes in the wall and are extremely sturdy. I store the old ones I don't need in a pill bottle in my tool chest.

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    Don't mean to change the subject but what do you do with old rotary blades?

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    Sharps container at work, works for rotary blades too.

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    A Pringles can works well too.
    Quote Originally Posted by burnsk
    Don't mean to change the subject but what do you do with old rotary blades?

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    An empty film canister for needles and narrow blades and an old Olfa plastic blade container for rotary blades. When full I seal up with tape and put in trash.

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    I always have Honey in the house for the grandkidlets. When the Honey Bear is empty I wash them and use them for discarded needles.

    The hole is large enough to except all needles and pins. Good idea to put a clean Honey Bear container in a gift basket when making a gift for a stitcher, that way they always have a safe place for those unwanted needles.

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    Great idea. I usually just throw them in the kitchen trash. Shame on me.

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    I don't have a used one. I buy honey in large quanity and refill my honey bear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    I use empty pill bottles :thumbup:
    me too
    I use candy tins to carry just a couple of extra bobbins to workshops and sew-ins

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    I use a diet Dr Pepper can then bend it over.

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    I use an old film container or old prescription bottle and poke a small hole in the lid and glue it shut. I then put a piece of masking tape with bad needles written on it around the bottle . This keeps the needles from falling out when I take the lid on and off. These kind of containers are easy to keep in my tote bags or in a drawer by my sewing machine for those needles.

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    I use a pill bottle with the word sharps on it, that way when I recycle nobody gets poked, I guess I should wright sewing sharps. God bless. Penny

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    Quote Originally Posted by burnsk
    Don't mean to change the subject but what do you do with old rotary blades?
    I store them in an empty rotary blade plastic holder, taped USED on top

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    Thank you for asking this question. I'd just been wrapping them in tissue and tossing into the trash but I like using a prescription bottle or any bottle or tin to dispose of them. Thank you for ideas!

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