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Posted on: 8/11/06 7:18 AM
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In the past I have always used an empty film canister in which I've placed used, bent or broken needles, however, since the digital camera is more often the norm these days, film canisters are harder to come by.
Recently I purchased some tooth picks that came in a plastic canister (about the same size as the film canister), with a swivel top, that when open, allowed just one toothpick to be dispensed through a small hole ... I now have a new 'sharps' container.
I know there have been various suggestions for the safe disposal of used needles, but the toothpick holder is proving ideal. Unlike the film canister, if it is open and accidently knocked over there is less chance of the contents spilling through the small toothpick dispensing holes.

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Harriet29 said... (2/13/15 10:48 AM) Reply
I do like PKPudlin and also dispose of sharp rotary blades. I use the facial wipe containers, or a new idea is to use the plastic "bulk" cup containers for gum - the kind you keep in your car. I dig in my trash too often to find a scrap or something that fell in to accidentally cut or stab myself! When you are ready to dispose of a filled container, be sure to tape it shut and label as "sharps"!
stitchyfingers said... (9/3/06 0:26 AM) Reply
i use empty tic tac containers...
lesliejhill said... (8/24/06 10:26 PM) Reply
I am new to the pattern review. HOWDY! Anyway, what I use to store used needles is a pill bottle with the childproof cap on them. I use a very small nail, and pound a hole in the top of the cap and then I can plunk the needles through the top and when It's full - I replace the lid with one that does not have a hole, I put white glue around the lid to give it more security then toss in the trash.
Nancywin said... (8/24/06 6:52 PM) Reply
Great idea - now I just need to figure out what to put those toothpicks in...
Monica G said... (8/12/06 8:09 AM) Reply
I like your toothpick cannister idea--particularly as it is still safe if knocked over. I use an Altoids tin (because the needles won't poke through and my DH uses it for his xacto blades too.
PKPudlin said... (8/12/06 7:14 AM) Reply
I use the same sort of idea as Janine, only mine is a plastic container that used to hold the pre-moistened cleaning wipers. I also use it for dull rotary blades, used exacto blades, bent pins and needles and my husband uses it for his used lancets after he tests his blood sugar in the morning. Ours is multi-purpose. Great idea about the toothpick holder and thanks for sharing!
Sophiecat said... (8/11/06 11:14 PM) Reply
Hi Janine - what a great idea! I have never seen this type of toothpick dispenser. I use a half-pint plastic container with a lid, and cut a narrow slot in the lid, and taped the lid onto the container. This is where I put not only needles, but blades from Xacto blades, mat cutting blades, etc.
jessika said... (8/11/06 11:07 PM) Reply
This is a great idea but I was wondering if you can add a little photo of the canister your talking about. Thanks
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