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    Lightbulb Used cutting blades

    I have been keeping my used rotary cutter blades in a plastic container, now my question is How do you dispose of them safely?
    Is there some place that recycles them?
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    Hope you don't mind me adding to the question
    Anyone tried those blade sharpers? Do they work?

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    I hope some one knows the answer to the blade sharpeners because I keep mine too.

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    I put mine in a small box and write dangerous blades and toss it in the garbage. We have had people go through garbage and I would not want anyone to get cut.

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    I sandwich mine used blades and needles between duct tape and throw away.

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    I have heard-on here maybe- there is a place you can send your old blades.
    As far as the sharpener i have heard good and bad. my DD has one that she is pleased with. She is 1 1/2 hrs from anyplace that sells blades so she has gotten a lot of use from it.

    I put mine in a container with old/broken needles then seal it up to throw away

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    Maybe someone that sells scrap medal would take them. They are getting high price for medal.

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    I resharpen mine a few times with a little round hand sharpener, not the greatest but helps extend the life. Then when I decide to pitch them, have a CLEAR plastic jelly jar I put them in so they can be seen. Get it full, pitch it, but don't see it getting full in this life times. Maybe a smaller jar.
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    I resharpen mine a couple of times then put them between cardboard and tape together and throw into the garbage. Putting a caution sign on it might be a good idea.

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    I wrap mine in several layers of wrapping tape or duct tape and then just throw them in the garbage. Years ago, we lived in a house where the former owner had an opening in the medicine cabinet. He used to place his used safety razor blades there. It was a wonderful solution for HIM.

    When we went to redo the bathroom, we ripped out the sheetrock and were faced with a cascade of used razor blades tumbling all over the floor. We had to be very careful with that project.
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    I keep the plastic containers that the blades come in, I fill it up with used blades and when full, carefully tape it closed and toss it in the trash.

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    I use the blade sharpener and it works great. Really helps extend the life of the blade! One side is for sharpening and one side is for knicks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MiaA View Post
    I keep the plastic containers that the blades come in, I fill it up with used blades and when full, carefully tape it closed and toss it in the trash.
    This is what I do. In the mean time, if I need to cut some paper or vinyl flooring or something else, I use one of my old blades to do that kind of work.


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    I also use the duct tape method - never occurred to me to try to recycle or sharpen them...
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    I put mine back in the plastic "case" they come in and wrap duct tape or other tape around that and then put in with garbage. I am always afraid though that somehow it might not be safe enough.

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    I am a nurse, so I take them to work and toss them in the sharps disposal container. Maybe a pharmacy would let you put the blades in their container.

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    I put mine in a small sour cream container with a slit cut in the top to drop rotary blades , bent straight pins, and dull needles. When full I put the container in the recycle bin with tape across slit and warning written on lid of contents. I have used the rotary blade sharper with success.
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    i used to replace my old blades in the plastic container they came in- tape it all over with duct tape-and put them in the trash- then i found out that our hardware store would take them ( as part of their recycling program- along with batteries and a few other things that are hard to get rid of.) so now i place them in a tin-with a lid and when i am heading to the hardware for something i take them along- i don't know what they do with them- and don't care-even if they sharpen them & sell them- it's ok with me- i don't have to worry about disposal- or anyone getting hurt.
    as for the sharpeners- i've had one for a number of years- to me it was more dangerous than changing them tends to be- i hate it- for me it is worth it to buy new ones- and one of those items i always add to my Christmas list- hubby usually buys me a couple of each size for stocking stuffers.
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    LPSHARP.COM accepts used blades and offers sharp like blades for a reduced price. I have a stack of blades ready to go out in the mail to them. They also offer blades for purchase without sending in old blades.
    Last edited by aunt eunice; 05-28-2012 at 12:22 PM.

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    Thanks, I'm going to try LPSharp. Those blades cost a fortune and other than on sale, the manufacturers have their way about the price they charge.

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    I have an extra rotary cutter that is marked "for paper only" and I save the used blades for cutting cardboard, poster board, paper, and when the husband needs something cut in the garage (like a mat or rug) I have them ready. You can also trade them in for new ones. The company will give you credit for each blade (like about $3.00) and you pay for a new one (much cheaper than some of the quilting companies) and you are recycling the blades. I will check my notes and see if I can find the url for everyone. Here it is: http://www.lpsharp.com/
    Last edited by QuiltingHaven; 05-28-2012 at 01:01 PM.
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    You can mail your blades to LP Sharp Company and you can exchange your old blades for new ones - must send at least 5 old blades and you can get new ones for $3.00 a blade. www.lpsharp.com. You can also buy blades for much less then retail even if you do not have trade-in. I have bought from this sight and they work pretty good- the blades you buy are re-sharpend. Check out the web site and they explain how to go about it.

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    I was real leery about the "True Sharp" Power Rotary Blade Sharpener and finally bought one. Well, I love it. It works so well. Wish I would have bought it sooner. I can make my blades last so much longer. I can tell it will save me $$$ in the long run. I usually have to change my blades out frequently, but now they last such a long time. No more buying a 5 pack. And for getting rid of the used ones...I just stick them back in their original containers and tape them up and throw them out...same as everyone else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by liont View Post
    Hope you don't mind me adding to the question
    Anyone tried those blade sharpers? Do they work?
    I have 3 - none work
    Am told one needs to use before the blades go dull.

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    I too keep mine in a plastic container.
    When it's full I tape it tightly closed and throw in garbage bag.

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