When getting rid of your old kitchen knives or sharp objects, remember who else may come in contact with them, such as children and garbage collectors, and take precautions to make sure they won’t cut n ‘anyone.
You can recycle kitchen knives, especially stainless steel ones, in some cities by leaving them at decline recycling centers.
Most cities allow stainless steel utensils to be thrown in the trash – they will be sorted from biodegradable waste at a processing center.
Consider donating your kitchen knives to a thrift or charity store in your area, too.
Instructions: How to dispose of kitchen knives
- Wrap your kitchen knives in heavy paper before throwing them away. Use the lightweight cardboard from a cereal box, for example, or wrap them in several layers of newspaper.
- Secure cardboard or newspaper around your knives with sturdy, heavy-duty tape.
- Place the packed knives in a box wrapped also securely with duct tape. This step helps prevent injury to small children or anyone who handles your waste, such as garbage collectors.
- Place your packaged kitchen knives in a puncture-resistant plastic or metal container with a tight fit of the lid if you don’t have a box. Appropriate containers include cans of coffee and plastic cans of milk or bleach. Seal the lid with duct tape.
- Throw the box or container containing the wrapped knives away in your trash. Waste treatment centers use large, overhead magnets to separate and extract ferrous metals from the trash. These are metals like iron and steel.
- Wrap your kitchen knives using cardboard or several layers of newspaper as described in step 1 of the previous section.
- Secure the cardboard or newspaper that surround your knives well, using duct tape.
- Place the packed knives in a metal box or plastic, puncture-resistant container.
- Write “attention: Sharp” in large letters on the box or container using pen markings so the words appear clearly.
- Drop out of the container with the knives at a recycling center in your area. If you are unsure of where to find a recycling center, contact your state’s Environmental Quality / Department of Environmental Protection.
- Clean your unwanted knives thoroughly in hot, soapy water and dry them.
- Sharpen the knife well using a knife sharpener, if you have one.
- Wrap clean knives tightly in old newspaper, place them in a box called “Sharp Kitchen Knives” and we deliver them to a thrift store in your area.
- Obtain an estimated value of your donation from the thrift store to use as a tax deduction.
Tips and Warnings
- Don’t throw away your kitchen knives in glass jars. Glass can break, causing another safety hazard.
- Don’t leave your kitchen knives in door-to-door collection bins. Use selective collection bins only for aluminum metal such as beer or soda cans. The magnets used in waste treatment plants do not detect aluminum aluminum requires separate recycling procedures.