Kitchen knives are vital pieces of many kitchens. They can be used to chop vegetables, slice meat, and even spread butter. However, kitchen knives are also sharp and can cause injury if they are not handled with care.
If you have ever had to dispose of your own kitchen knives or someone else’s for that matter, make sure to do it the right way.
In this blog post, you will learn how to dispose of kitchen knives properly and the essential must-knows in doing it.
Knowing When to Dispose Of a Kitchen Knife
Dispose of a knife when…
- It’s dull and can no longer slice food properly.
Dull blades are a safety hazard because they can slip and cause injury. If rusty or stained, these are signs of bacteria buildup, which could lead to foodborne illness.
- The handle is broken or cracked.
Broken handles make the knife dangerous to use while cooking. The insistent use of a broken knife could lead to injury.
- The handle is peeling off
A knife’s handle peels off when it can no longer be sanitized or washed, which is a sign that the knife has seen better days. It is advisable to dispose of the knife if this happens.
- The blade is chipped or broken
A chipped or broken blade is difficult to use for food preparation and can cause injury. Common injuries caused by using broken blades are lacerations and punctures. Chipped or broken blades can result in more serious injuries because of the danger it poses to handle with care while using them.
Steps in Disposing of Kitchen Knives
1. Remove the handle.
Removing the tool’s handle is important. The handle is often made from wood, plastic or metal that can be recycled.
2. Take off the blade and dispose of it in a sharps container.
In this step, make sure you take off the blade and dispose of it in a sharps container. Preferably, place the blade in the sharps container with a lid on it.
Remember: Do not place the blade in an ordinary garbage bag, as this is dangerous for sanitation workers who don’t know what they are dealing with. The sharp edge could puncture through the plastic and cut someone on site.
3. Pry open seams around the plastic covering.
Take note that most knives have a plastic covering that you can pry open. Once the cover is off, there will be screws and metal pieces in this area. These are what hold the blade to the handle of the knife.
Note: Use a screwdriver to unscrew the screws holding in the blade.
4. Put disassembled pieces in containers.
To ensure that all of the pieces are contained, place them in separate containers. It is recommended to use old containers. Do not forget to label each container with a warning for observers.
Tip: You should put the items in a plastic bag before putting them into these containers to keep all of the pieces together and then dispose of them as one single item. Just be sure there are no sharp edges exposed.
5. Finally, dispose of the knife.
It is illegal to throw away knives with household waste. Check to see if your area has a designated place for recycling or disposal of dangerous materials, and follow the instructions on how to dispose of them properly.
Tip: Use gloves when handling sharp objects like these knives.
Where to dispose
The following are recommended areas to dispose of kitchen knives:
- Local recycling center
- Hazardous materials disposal station
- A designated municipal household waste site.
Now that you know how to dispose of kitchen knives, we hope you’ll be able to keep your environment safe. We’re also confident in the fact that with these guidelines and tips for disposing of any sharp object safely, there’s never been a better time to get rid of those old blades!
With all of these in mind, you should be able to get rid of your old knives in no time.