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From knives to new buildings

Over 100,000 lethal weapons have been recycled and instead of posing a danger to the public, they are now part of the reinforcement rods for new buildings.

The huge arsenal that included cut-throat razors, samurai swords, meat cleavers, machetes and even a bayonet dated back to 1880 were handed in to police during a five-week national knife amnesty.

But instead of creating great disposal problems, the knives were destroyed beyond recognition in minutes courtesy of H Williams and Sons’ Hertfordshire metal recycling plant.

The secure mutilation service that the company offers ensured that the site was closed off and with no risk of anyone walking in off the streets, its machines, capable of processing 250,000 of material a year, went to work on the metal.

After the pulverised particles of steel were sorted to remove all non-metal material such as crushed plastic handles, they were sent on a train to Cardiff.

In no time at all, traces of the materials previous life were undetectable, as it was being used to reinforce concrete blocks in a new building development.

This secure process is used by a number of companies, Government departments and police to ensure that highly-secret prototype designs are not copied and potentially useful parts do not get into the commercial market.

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