How to Dispose of Sewing Needles?

If dress-making is your hobby then you probably have accumulated quite a few broken and dull sewing needles over the years. You may be wondering what to do with them, they are sharp, and just throwing them in the trash may injure a garbage hauler or a poor animal. You may be wondering if they can be recycled, or reused in some way, well this article has all your answers. I will explain how to dispose of sewing needles properly, and give some ideas on how to reuse them in case you don’t feel like disposing of them. 

How to Dispose of Sewing Needles?

Needles are not recycled in most places and most municipalities expect their citizens to throw out the needles in the garbage. The most important thing you need to be mindful of is safety when it comes to needle disposal. The needles need to be secured in a container or in some other way so that they do not injure any municipal worker hauling garbage or a poor animal living in the landfills. 

Here is a list of things you can use to store your needles for disposal:

  • An empty box of Tic Tacs.
  • And an empty container of chewing gum or Mentos
  • A steel container of breath mints
  • A medicine bottle with child-lock
  • A toothpick container
  • A small plastic bottle

The above list is not exhaustive, you can always find some other container to keep your needles. Just make sure the cap or mouth of the container is securely sealed so it doesn’t pop open at any time. 

You must always label the container in big bold letters with “SEWING NEEDLES” to make sure the garbage worker knows what is inside. 

If the container you picked is not reliable and has a chance of popping open, you should securely tape the mouth.

Try not to throw out your needles until the container is full, it’s a small way to reduce waste in landfills. 

If your container is made of metal, you can throw the labeled box into the metal recycling bin. 

Always keep in mind that you should consult your municipality on how to dispose of any particular item before you dispose of them. There is a saying in the recycling community, “When in doubt, throw it out.” You should abide by it. Throwing non-recyclables in the recycling bin causes more trouble for recycling facilities and their workers than simply throwing them in the trash. 

The Region of Durham for example instructs its citizens to throw the needles in the trash. 

Try to donate or reuse the needles: 

If you have some needles leftover from an old hobby and they are perfectly fine, you can donate them to a hobby center or to a friend who may use them. It is imperative for all of us to reduce waste as far as possible and it makes no sense to waste good, quality needles. 

You may even consider doing some arts and crafts with them as well. You can incorporate them in your hand-made wind chimes or dream catchers for example. If you are making something out of soft material like styrofoam you can use them as pins to hold things together. The possibilities are endless. Try to explore all your options before you throw them. 

Conclusion:

If dress-making is your hobby then you probably have accumulated quite a few broken and dull sewing needles over the years. You may be wondering what to do with them, they are sharp, and just throwing them in the trash may injure a garbage hauler or a poor animal. You may be wondering if they can be recycled, or reused in some way, well this article has all your answers. In this article, I explained how to dispose of sewing needles properly, and give some ideas of how to reuse them in case you don’t feel like disposing of them. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): How to Dispose of Sewing Needles

Are sewing needles recyclable? 

No, needles are not recycled due to their small sizes. These are hard to handle in a recycling center and can be injurious. In most cases, they are not recycled. 

Are sewing needles hazardous? 

They are not considered hazardous waste, however, they can injure someone if they are not disposed of properly. Caution has to be exercised when disposing of needles. 

How do I dispose of broken sewing needles? 

The best approach is to collect broken needles in a small tin box (a box of gum or mints) and once it’s full, you can throw the box in the metal recycling bin. Make sure to label it. If you don’t have any recycling posts near you, store the needles in a sealed, labeled box and throw them in the trash once it’s full. 

What do I do with sewing needles if I don’t use them? 

You can donate them, to someone you know who might use them, or to a hobby center. 

How do you dispose of sewing needles in Australia? 

Pins aren’t usually recycled and are thrown in the trash. You need to secure them in a box or container before disposal so it does not harm anyone. 

How do you dispose of sewing needles in the USA? 

Pins aren’t recycled in the USA either, they have to be disposed of in the trash following proper protocol. 

How do you dispose of sewing needles in the UK? 

Dispose of them in the trash only after you’ve secured them in a sealed, labeled box. 

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