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Thread: Used blades

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    Since rotary cutting tools are on sale at J's this week (40%off), and I didn't have any spare 45mm blades, I decided to stop and get a couple. They were just under $10 each (regular price). As I was waiting for batting to be cut, I noticed 5-packs in their lock-up case - 5 for $31. That's like getting two free!! So of course, I bought the multi-pack.

    Here's my dilemma, though. When I bought them in the single pack, I had a convenient case to dispose of the used blade. Yes, I probably should have been recycling the case, but I'd rather have that blade, used though it was, in the trash with that protection around it. Now, having bought the 5-pack - what is the best way to dispose of used blades safely?

    My tip for needles is to put them in a used medicine bottle, labled of course, adn toss that every now and again for a new empty one.

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    I have a coffee can that I cut a hole in the top and marked it clearly "Sharps" and my used needles and blades go in it. When I need to dispose of the can I take it to the hospital and they get rid of it with their sharps containers for me. :)

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    mints like altoids come in a round tin. works perfect!

    Hope this helps :D

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    I use the blade package but just don't throw it away each time. I fill it up, you can put lots of blades in one of those packages. Also, once you are done with it for fabrics they are great for a paper cutter, some paper cutters use these blades or you can just use an old handle, just mark the blade as a "paper" blade

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    I use a small glass jar (presently this jar used to contain pickle relish). When it gets part way full or I find another "pretty" jar, I'll toss it in the trash.

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    The blades can be re-sharpened time and time again too, if you can find a local person willing to do it, or someone reasonably priced on the internet. ( I have one of the little "tools" that work okay, not fantastic, but okay for a few months)

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    Love the idea of taking them to the hospital for disposal. Never would have thought of that. I put mine in a glass jar. Next time I will take them to the hospital with me.

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    I order my blades from House of Hanson.com, Olfa's pack of 10 are $32.00(last time I ordered) and there's no shipping and handling, you can also send your old blades to them and they recycle them, but they do require them to be in one of the containers that you buy them in, you can fit 10 in one of those containers.

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    I have a larger pill cantainer mine fit right into and a I mark used blades.....

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    I take a large pair of pliers and break them in half and then encase them in masking tape and chunk them.

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    I wrap mine up and put it in a can or small box like a bandaide box or something.

    I put my used razor blades and needles in pill bottles then discard when it's full.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    I use the blade package but just don't throw it away each time.
    that's what I do too.

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    I never thought of taking them to the hospital and I doubt they will take them in the states. My train of thought here..all the hospital stuff has to be disposed of "properly"...decontaminated in some way, and it costs money and time and they're always worried about legal stuff. But wouldn't hurt to ask. I think the old coffee can is a good idea, tape it shut and mark it sharp blades so the trash guys are safe. its all going to the recycle bin and eventually recycle center for shredding and reuse, but the safety of those workers can be safeguarded by doing it this way.

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    The 5987th use for DUCT TAPE!!!!!

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    Thanks all for the suggestions. I don't know why I didn't think of a coffee can, or the likes, before. I have lots of pretty cans/tins, etc. that I've saved for altering (I was into paper crafts for a while, too, but that has kind of fallen by the side).

    I like the suggestion of taking them to the hospital, but also wonder about whether they would accept them. The nurse in our school has trouble getting them to take her sharps, in certified container, from shots she gives students!

    Thanks again everyone!

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    Someone said to sharpen them by running through aluminum foil - and it works!

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    you could use the round mint tins that are sold by the registers at supermarkets or a pringles can.

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    Just be sure to label what ever you put them in with a permanent marker so that no one gets hurt. My fear has always been that a child would open a can, a jar, or something that has my broken needles, pins, old batteries, and blades in it. I tape tape tape those medicine bottles, then I mark all over it with black marker dangerous sharp items. I give them to my doctor's office in the medicine bottle (some of mine are large mouth) and they dispose of them with their sharps. Ask your doctor, it's not worth the chance of someone being hurt.

    Hugs,
    Sharon

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