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Spice Cat23/10/2010 11:09:15
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I have recently been repairing a model which required a fair amount of balsa cutting. This has resulted in a number of blunt-ish scapel blades which need disposal.
Does anyone have any ideas on the safe disposal of such?
I did consider using a clinical sharps box but should the dustmen find it, this could cause problems.
Any ideas?????
Trots23/10/2010 11:16:23
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Try your local pharmacy ,they may do it for you.........regards Trevor.
Martin Harris23/10/2010 11:48:17
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Wrap a little masking tape round them?
Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator23/10/2010 12:08:48
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I keep an old yoghurt tub on the bench. Wrap a bit of tape around each blade they chuck them in. When full I tape a lid on the tub and take it to the local tip. Easy.
TonyS23/10/2010 12:20:01
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I obtained a sharps bin. I don't know what it was - probably the site of the poor crawling over rubbish dumps (in India and Mexico rather than Stratford upon Avon !!) in bare feet that stopped me dumping blades in the bin.
I reckon if I fill this with scalpel blades and Stanley knife blades before I croak I'll have been going some!!

leccyflyer23/10/2010 12:48:20
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I've been using a plastic box as a sharps bin for fifteen years. It contains many hundreds of scalpel blades. With the best of intentions I'd thought that one day I might resharpen some. Not a chance.
They take up very little room on the bench and being meticulos in always putting them in there means not encountering a loose blade in the debris on the bench top.
I do use a lot  of blades and am nowhere near filling the container even after all that time. When it's full I'll take it to the tip/recycling centre.
Mowerman23/10/2010 12:52:03
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I put mine in an old plastic pill box (cod liver oil capsules) into which I also put left over epoxy. This should then be safe to dispose of in wheely bin.
David Turner 523/10/2010 13:31:57
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I sharpen mine.
Reg 123/10/2010 14:21:47
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  I put my old scaple blades in an old empty beer or coke can 
Bruce Richards23/10/2010 14:33:22
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I must admit I just chuck mine in the bin. Is that bad
00123/10/2010 14:46:32
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I always attach them with masking tape to a scrap of waste plywood or thick balsa with the sharp bit protected.
Then bin them.
Eric Bray23/10/2010 18:25:54
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I used to use an old coffee jar, but now the District Nurse brings my wife a new sharps bin every couple of months! If ever the contents are examined, i wonder what the person would make of all the scalpel/Stanley blades mixed in with the hypodermics!
Plummet23/10/2010 18:45:51
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I have one of those minature marmalade pots, that comtain next to no marmalade but come as a valued gift from somewhere or other.  I have cut a slot in the lid, and in go my blunt (and broken) scalped blades in it.
Eric Bray26/10/2010 13:09:05
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 - blunt (and broken) scalped blades
Wot - no hair?? 
Bob Moore26/10/2010 13:52:40
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Drop them into an empty lager can.  I can send you a few if you haven't got any
Allan Bowker26/10/2010 14:22:30
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If you fill that sharps bin Tony it will be worth ££ in scrap metal.
That could even buy you a new model.......or more blades.
leccyflyer26/10/2010 14:52:27
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Posted by Bruce Richards - Moderator on 23/10/2010 14:33:22:
I must admit I just chuck mine in the bin. Is that bad
 Anyone rummaging  - say like for instance the binman attempting to clear a blockage in the bin lorry, or a family member just pushing something into the bin -stands a chance of a very nasty injury, Not to mention the possibilities once it gets to the landfill site.
Even a relatively blunt blade, that struggles with balsa, is easily sharp enough to pierce the toughest gloves and then someone is set up for a nasty infection.

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