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6 Things to Remember While Disposing of a Kitchen Knife
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While a top-quality knife should last a lifetime if properly cared for, not all knives will last forever. What do you do with a knife that is no longer useful? Simply throwing it out with the trash is dangerous and irresponsible. We all have to be more mindful of how we dispose of items, particularly something as dangerous like a knife.
Fortunately, there are a number of options if you are disposing of a kitchen knife.

1. Donate it to a charity

There are many charities and goodwill shops that will gladly receive any goods provided they are in reasonable condition. While you might be upgrading your kitchen knives or find them no longer suitable for your needs, they might still be of value to others. Don’t think of disposing of a kitchen knife when someone else could get use out of it.

This is the best way to get rid of a knife as it will not go into a landfill and will give value to someone less fortunate or raise a bit of money for charity. Don’t give them broken or bent knives but anything in fair condition they will gladly take.

2. Recycle

Most areas have recycling drop-off areas these days and they will have separate containers for metal, plastic, glass, paper, etc. Although a knife can be dangerous, those sorting through a metal recycling bin will be aware of the dangers and protect themselves against sharp metal, including knives.

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Although it might have a plastic or wooden handle, the recycling company will deal with this. At least you know that the metal will be reused and this helps the environment and reduces the strain on landfills.

3. Reuse the knife

Although this article is on disposing of a kitchen knife, make sure you have to throw it away.

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Although this article is on disposing of a kitchen knife, make sure you have to throw it away. There are many companies and blade sharpening specialists that can restore an old knife to its former glory for a nominal charge.

Unless the handle is broken, or the blade is bent, chances are the right person could grind it and sharpen it in no time at all. This way you will have a sharp knife that is as good as new for the fraction of the cost of a new one.

If you are in the market for a new knife or set of knives, a perfect place to look is Village Bakery. They have a wide selection of quality knives and other kitchen products.

4. Wrap the knife up safely and dispose of it

If you absolutely must throw the knife away with the trash, simply wrap it up safely so it cannot harm anyone.

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If you absolutely must throw the knife away with the trash, simply wrap it up safely so it cannot harm anyone. You can use newspaper, foam, rubber or cardboard. Wrap the material around the knife and tape it up so that it is safe.

Bubble wrap, old clothing or material, and scrap paper can also be used. Just be sure to tape it up securely and ensure the protective material covers the entire blade.
Another clever trick is to cut the top off a plastic bottle that is larger than the knife. Pop the knife you wish to dispose of into the bottle and tape the top up. That will ensure that it is safe.

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5. Hammer it blunt

It is fairly quick to take a hammer to a knife and render it blunt and harmless. This way, you can ensure it is safe to dispose of. If you are not 100% sure it is perfectly blunt, still wrap it in a protective cover as above and tape it up. If you have a grinder, this will make the job even faster.

Don’t think of disposing of a kitchen knife when someone else could get use out of it.

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6. Drop it off at the police station

Depending where you live, some police stations will take in old knives and ensure that it is properly disposed of. Check with your local authorities. This way, you can rest assured it will be safely and correctly disposed of.

Final thoughts

Never simply throw a knife in the bin. Even if it is bent and broken, disposing of a kitchen knife should be done correctly. These points give you a few options to consider so do the right thing and dispose of an old knife correctly.

Material provided by the author: Molly Gerner

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