How To Dispose Of Old Knives

By Ryan Leavitt •  Updated: 03/17/21 •  6 min read

There are many different methods for disposing of old knives. If they are still functional, you can wrap them properly and donate them to the proper organization. Old knives that are no longer functional can be disposed of in the trash as long as they are wrapped properly. However, some locations will have rules regarding throwing knives in the trash.

Every chef will eventually run to a point where they have to dispose of old knives.

Retiring a knife can be a tricky process, especially if you don’t know how to properly dispose of them.

Luckily, there are many different ways to properly dispose of old knives such as donation, recycling, and even throwing them in the trash.

While there are many different methods, each one offers different benefits and requires different techniques.

In this article, we check out the best ways to dispose of old knives, so you can figure out the best one for you.


How To Dispose Of Knives

Method #1: Donation

This is one of the easiest and best ways to get rid of your knives.

Of course, this only really works if your blades are still in working condition, meaning they aren’t broken or anything.

So if your old blades are completely unusable, this isn’t the method for you.

However, if you’re only getting rid of the knives because they have minor issues that can be fixed, you might be able to find a second home for them at donation centers.

You can either donate them to a friend trying to build their first kitchen, your local donation center, or even to soup kitchens such as Goodwill.

Method #2: Recycling

Another easy way to get rid of blades is to have them recycled.

Of course, it might be dangerous to recycle them yourself, which is why it’s recommended to drop them off at your local recycling center.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that not all recycling centers will accept knives.

One of the most common ways blades are recycled is by melting them down and turning them into a new tool or object.

This is done by a lot of different recycling centers, so make sure to research the ones nearest to you and how you can give your blades to them.

Aside from that, you can also check your local recycling facility’s or waste collector’s website to check how you can recycle your blades, whether that means doing it yourself or giving them to the center.

Method #3: Regular Trash Pick-Up

This is the best way to discard blades that have no use anymore.

That being said, you can’t simply toss a knife in the trash, as that is dangerous and even illegal in some places.

Before doing this method, however, it’s important for you to first check your local laws and regulations to check if you can actually do this.

When tossing knives in the garbage, you will first have to wrap the blades in a couple of layers of newspaper and tape them up to seal them.

After that, wrap a piece of cardboard over the blade and tape it up again.

From there, you can do some additional things to make things extra safe.

First, you can put the blade in a box and seal it up again, or you can label the cardboard with a “knife” so the trash collectors will treat it with care.

Method #4: Bringing Them To Your Local Police Station

Another thing you can do is bring your old blades to the local police station.

This isn’t that popular of an option, but it’s one of the safest ways to dispose of old knives.

Of course, not all police stations will accept knives for disposal, so make sure to check your local websites before heading over there to give your blades.

However, if they do, all you have to do is wrap your blades as you do when normal disposing of them, and just hand them over to your local station and they will take care of the rest.

Method #5: Scrap Metal Yards

If you’re looking to earn some extra money, scrap metal yards are known to pay for old and unusable knives.

That being said, you won’t exactly be earning a lot of money from doing this, but it’s better than nothing.

Most scrap yards will accept just about any type of metal, but certain materials will earn you more money than nothing.

If you’re thinking about doing this, the first thing you’ll need to do is find the nearest scrap yard in your area.

From there, you can bring your knives over and have them assess the value, and once they tell you how much they’re willing to pay for your old knives, you can decide there and then whether you’d like to sell them or dispose of them in some other way.

Method #6: Resale

Just like with donating, you have to make sure that the blade is still in useable condition, or it can be fixed up to be in usable condition.

This is a great option if you’re getting rid of premium kitchen cutlery or even just some simple, yet very functional knives.

Of course, not a lot of people out there would actively buy a dull blade, so make sure to sharpen it or have it sharpened before selling.

One of the best ways to do this is to simply check the online market to see if there’s anyone interested.

Facebook is a great way to find buyers for your old knives, which is very convenient for most people.

And if no one buys your blades on either Facebook, Craigslist, or anywhere online you can also go to your local knife sharpening shops as they will also be willing to buy old knives to use as spare parts.


So there you have it!

Disposing of your knives is a very simple task, though there are a lot of different ways to do it.

Some of these methods might fit your needs but not someone else’s, which is why we made sure to make these methods varied, so different people can find the right method for them.

And if you think you found a way for you to dispose of your knives conveniently and safely, all that’s left to do is wrap them safely in newspaper and cardboard, load them into a box, and finally get rid of those old blades clogging up your kitchen!

Ryan Leavitt

Hi my name is Ryan Leavitt a Marine Corps Veteran and currently an over the road trucker (Long Haul). I am no expert chef but am enjoying preparing my own meals on the road and testing all the different knives.