Introduction: Sharp Trash (Home/Studio/Workshop Tip)

About: Software consultant by day, artist by whenever I get time. I mostly do papercraft, costumes, and sculptural pieces. I'm interested in working some electronics into my art to make it more interactive.

This is probably going to be my shortest instructable. As a maker/artist, I end up with lots of bits of sharp trash that could pose risks of accidental cutting/piercing the skin.

  • Used razor blades/X-ACTO blades, etc.
  • Shards of broken things - glass, mirrors, ceramics, hard plastics, etc.
  • Pointy things - staples, broken/dull sewing needles/pins, splintery bits of wood, wire, pushpins, etc.

I don't want a family member emptying the trash or digging through it for something, only to be sliced open!

I also don't want to risk these things escaping the trash by puncturing the trash bag, by falling out of a tipped-over waste basket, or by being blown/knocked out at the point of trash pick-up.

In the distant past, I would wrap the sharp things in something like masking tape or even aluminum foil. But that's so wasteful.

So my life-hack is to label a sturdy plastic jar (mine was from a gelato dessert) with a screw lid "Sharp Trash." I used a label maker, but you could write it in permanent marker. I keep it on the counter in my studio. I put all my deadly little trash in there and keep the lid tight. When it gets full (maybe once a year or two), I transfer the contents to something that I can safely seal - which I then place in the trash, knowing everyone is safe.

The photo above shows a recently emptied jar with a few bent sewing pins - I wish I had taken a photo when it was full of 2 years worth of nasty hazards!

Happy and Safe making!

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