How to Dispose of Kitchen Knives


A sharp knife is said to be a chef’s best friend. Only the ones who spend a considerable amount of time in the kitchen knows the importance of a sharp knife.

They are varieties of knives needed for different reasons, but all must have one common component about them; they must be sharp. For this very reason, we often find ourselves replacing our old knives with new ones.

However, you mustn’t just throw knives out like trash. There are proper ways of doing it, and this article tells you all about it.

Why Dispose of Them

Knives must be disposed of properly because even if they are blunt, they could still hurt someone. While handling the trash, the sanitation person could get seriously injured.

Also, children have a habit of going swooping around in the dumpsters, so having knives just lying about is dangerous. And if the trash is misplaced anyhow, it could hurt anybody. So, it is very important to dispose of an old knife properly, no matter how blunt it is.

Disposing of Knives

These are the steps that one must follow while disposing of their knives.

  • Wrap the knife with a heavy paper. This could be bubble wraps or old newspapers.
  • Get a cardboard a bit bigger in length than the knife and fold it.
  • Place the knife between the cardboard and make sure the edge of the knife is facing the folds.
  • Wrap the cardboard with heavy tape, preferably duct tape.
  • Place the wrapped knife in a box and secure it again with tape.
  • Throw it in the trash.

Alternatives of Disposing

If you think the method mentioned above is too much work, Knifegeeky informs us of other things you can do with your knives, and they are listed below.

  • Donating

Donating is always a good way to go because there is always someone worse off than you and could use help. These knives may be properly don’t satisfy you now but could be very useful to someone else. Try giving them to a friend or family or donate it to local businesses.

There are local charity shops that accept old knives. And there are renowned companies like Goodwill or the Salvation Army, also websites like Freecycle who offer such services. However, before you donate, make sure you clean the knives with soapy water, dry them, and wrap them securely with old clothes or bubble wrap.

  • Selling

Now that everybody is so dependent on online shopping, selling your old knives online could be a good way to get rid of them. In this way, you help someone out and also earn a little cash yourself. You could also try to sell them as scrap metal.

  • Recycling

If the knives are not in the condition to be sold or donated, you could always recycle them. Keep an eye out for local recycling shops or recycling bins in your neighborhood and donate them according to the criteria. However, you have to follow the steps mentioned above to make sure the person handling the knives is not hurt accidentally.


To all the chefs out there, cooking and having a feast is all fun, but it’s time to be responsible too. And from the knowledge gathered from this article, I hope you know exactly how to be responsible and dispose of your knives properly for your safety and everybody else’s.

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