Whether you are a hobbyist, someone that loves doing home improvement projects, or someone that’s always working the shop, at some point, you will need to dispose of your blades. If you’ve been working for any length of time, you know that even though blades were built to last, eventually wear and tear breaks them down.
Once that happens, it’s time to determine how you are going to get rid of your old blades and bring the new ones in. We always recommend recycling your blades, and of course, purchasing your new ones at Ryker Hardware. Today, we’re going to walk you through how to recycle your blades safely.
Metal is a non-renewable natural resource, meaning it’s limited and once it’s gone, it’s gone. While metal is abundant, there is no reason to waste what could be reused. Also, it takes less energy to make recycled metal that it does to make new metal from ore.
No Curbside Recycling
If you have a curbside recycling program, then you should be sure to check first before just dumping your blades in the recycling bin. Most recycling programs do not accept scrap metal, and if caught, you could be fined or even stopped from using the program altogether. As a result of this, recycling them will need to be done elsewhere.
Local Recycling Company
If you have a local recycling company, chances are that they have a bin that you can toss scrap metal into. Depending on the type of company, you might need to know what metal your blade is made of. Steel is one of the easiest to recycle and can be quite valuable.
As such, it’s often in the company or county’s best interest to collect as much as they can. If your blades are not steel, you should ask the employees if they take that version of metal. Also, you should also ask before you put any blade into their binds. Though they might say steel scrap, you need to be sure that you won’t hurt a worker that reaches into the bin. Even a dull blade could seriously hurt an employee that didn’t know.
The other option is to take your blades to the scrap metal dealers. In the end, this is where they will end up so you should expedite the process if it’s closer to you than the recycling facility. As with the previous option, make sure to ask the company how you should present your blades when you take them in.
Recycling your blades doesn’t have to be a hard process. Throwing them away or into the recycling bin could not only hurt someone but get you fined as well. The best way to ensure that you are taking care to recycle your blades is to take them to the local recycling business or any scrap metal dealer in your town. Be sure to call ahead to make sure that you are following all procedures to keep from hurting anyone.