I have been using my empty plastic chewing gum jars to put needles,pins, and cutting blades in and then I can just put them in the recycle bin and everyone is safe.
I do the same thing with large pill bottles.
I use the spice bottles with the shaker holes to pop the needles in and tighten the lid. Easy to toss in the garbage.
As a diabetic, I use a large plastic coffee container with a hole cut in the top for my sharps container. When it gets full, DH pours them into another large coffee can and duct tapes it for the garbage.
I'm diabetic too. My lancets come in a little drum and so no sharp points, sort of like my quilts, sometimes. I still put them into a large pill bottle (I've got plenty of those!) for disposal.
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Great tip Richard!
The Quilt Daddy:I buy coffee creamer and when the container is empty I staple the top closed and cut a coin slot in it so I can dispose of rotary cutter blades and other objects without fear of getting cut on the rebound. When I am ready to dispose I tape over the slot so nothing can fall out.
That's a great tip Richard!
I put mine in an old peach can with no lid. I keep the little case they came in and put them back in there and then in the can. DH, sometimes, gets them to use with an old rotary cutter he got when I got a new one. He uses them in his woodworking somehow. Then when I am ready to throw no the old blades, I tape the little cases with a bit of duct tape to make sure they stay in there and toss them.
I have seen the new rotary cutter blade sharpeners. DH said he doesn't see how those could work well enough to give a real sharp edge to the blades.
I have found that the rotary cutter sharpeners do sharpen but not "as good as new". It does extend the cutting life of your blade though. I have several type of sharpeners - even the newest electric one.
I shove my needles down in an old "tomato" pincushion. My DW tells me this is wrong, and if she catches me at it she says stuff.
"Stuff" ?? What stuff does your wife say?
Examples --- ::silent head-shake:: "What are you doing?" "Do you need some tape and cardboard to wrap that up?" "Where did you learn to do that? I never heard of anyone sticking old needles in their pincushion."
DW sticks 'em in cardboard or paper, wraps in tape and the in a plastic bag or several. The govt disposes of nuclear waste in a more casual manner.
My DDM is guilty, by example. I still have her old pincushion with age-blackened needle tops barely visible. It still has a few pins in it from back when pins were pins and pin-head meant something small. It's falling apart with age, but then, so am I. It will probably last me out and someone else can deal with the hazardous waste.