What are knife bins?
Knife bins are a safe and secure place for people to dispose of a knife, blade or tool. A person can also choose to surrender a knife they might carry on their person for illegitimate purposes. There were 554 knife crime offences in Islington between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020 and for every knife safely taken off of our streets could be another life saved.
What they look like
The image shows the front and side of an Islington knife bin.
Where you can find a knife bin
There are currently knife bins at the following locations:
- St Johns Way: outside Caxton House Community Centre
- Central Street: outside Finsbury Leisure Centre
- Caledonian Road: outside Cally Pool and Gym
- Highbury Fields: outside Highbury Leisure Centre
- Hornsey Road: outside the Sobell Leisure Centre
- St Mellitus Church
- Hornsey Road: next to the Emirates stadium
- Islington Police Station, 2 Tolpuddle Street
View the locations of knife bins on the interactive map of Islington.
How to safely dispose a knife in a knife bin
- To avoid personal injury, do not handle the sharp bladed side of the knife.
- Carefully wrap the knife, blade or tool in cardboard (such as an old cereal box) and secure with a strong tape (such as duct tape/parcel tape). Use enough cardboard and tape to prevent the knife from piercing through.
- Remember it is a criminal offence to have a knife or blade in a public place, but it is reasonable to be in possession of it when it is securely wrapped (as described above) and going directly to a knife bin.
- Take the knife, blade or tool to the most appropriate bin (see above) and carefully place in the hole between the two yellow arrows.
Who provides and empties the bins
‘Word4Weapons’ is a leading weapons surrender charity who will install the bins and facilitate the regular emptying of the bins. They have installed approximately 20 bins across London.
Book a knife collection
If you are unable to access a collection point, we can collect domestic knives. This is at a charge of £10.68 per collection.
To book a collection, please call 0207 527 2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any further questions about how to dispose of knives and blades, please call 0207 527 2000 or email email@example.com.
Please visit Community Safety for additional information about reducing knife crime in Islington.