I hate putting broken needles or bent pins into the trash because I'm always afraid it will put a hole in the trash bag or poke one of the boys when they are taking out the trash. Can you tell I worry a lot? Anyway, this is how I throw away a broken needle: I tape it to a piece of cardboard with packing tape first then I toss it out. I've been a little hesitant to post this 'cause I was afraid I'd hear a resounding chorus of "duh!" from around the world, but I guess if it keeps even one person from being poked with a pin then it will be worth it!