A Catholic aware of their blessed items and their proper disposal can end up almost with a drawer full of blessed sacramentals no longer usable. The normal disposal for blessed items is burning or burying, not simply tossing them in the trash. Over the years I have managed to collect blessed palm branches, warn out rosaries, brown scapulars, and other blessed items. Burning is not feasible for Rosaries and the thought of burying these items in my yard does not appeal to me. I think of a future owner digging into the ground and finding all of these items in various states of deterioration and wondering if the previous owner might not have been a Catholic serial killer in the sense of one who only killed Catholics and disposed of them in the back yard.
So here is my proposed solution. Parishes should keep a box up front marked for disposal of blessed items. This would be great on a couple of levels. 1) People can have blessed items properly disposed when no longer usable. 2) It would give people the awareness that blessed items are to be disposed of in a particular way and not just trashed. 3) Teach people that blessed items are of some importance in the first place.
So what do you think of this idea?