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Care and feeding of a garbage disposal

I am a chronic ruiner of kitchen sinks. What rules do people follow to avoid clogging or breaking their garbage disposal? [more inside]
posted by space snail on Oct 19, 2016 - 32 answers

How does one unstick a stuck garbage disposal?

Our garbage disposal has all the symptoms of being jammed, however, for the life of me, I cannot find anything jammed in it and, yet, when I plugged it back in it ran smoothly, flawlessly....once and once only. [more inside]
posted by tangyraspberry on Jul 25, 2016 - 11 answers

What should we do with appliances after kitchen renovation

I'm about to kick off a kitchen renovation in Brooklyn and trying to figure out what the best thing to do with the appliances is. [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Jun 22, 2016 - 11 answers

What to do with 3 full drums of diesel fuel?

My landlord's ex left 3 industrial drums of diesel fuel on the property when they split. I just moved here, and would like the yard space free, which would please everyone since they're just taking up space at this point. What's the most responsible way to get rid of them? Post on Craigslist for people who need bulk fuel? Hazmat? Thanks!
posted by hot_tea on May 27, 2016 - 9 answers

Can I salvage $50 out of this dinosaur?

I have an old laptop to get rid of. How to best get a few dollars out of this? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Mar 27, 2016 - 8 answers

What to do with Santeria-related items found?

I've been finding the occasional Santeria-related object in a public location and would like to dispose of them respectfully. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Jan 11, 2016 - 14 answers

Rcycling or Disposal of styrofoam coolers?

I get refrigerated medication for my MS. Until recently it was a 3 month supply in a big cooler. Due to new medical they now ship me my meds once a month in a cute Styrofoam cooler. I have about 8 of them. I'm not an environmentalist nut, but I try to recycle to the best of my ability. When I got the big cooler with the 3 month supply I just put it in the lobby of my apartment with a sign that said "free cooler" but now I'm getting tiny ones monthly. I want to recycle, but can you recycle Styrofoam? Can I just toss them in recycling bins? Is there a program that will pick them up?
posted by kaoschild on Feb 15, 2015 - 10 answers

How To Get Rid of a Nearly Full Gas Grill Propane Tank

I've got a propane tank for a gas grill which I estimate to be about 7/8 full. I don't need it, and I'm having difficulty getting rid of it. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by tckma on Sep 11, 2014 - 21 answers

What to do about a fridge of rotten food?

I own a house in TX that currently doesn't have a resident. Due to some issues that don't really matter for this question, the power got disconnected July 1. 4 weeks later, I assume the situation is dire. What is the best thing to do? Dispose of the whole fridge or get someone to clean it? [more inside]
posted by emilisha on Jul 28, 2014 - 19 answers

Garbage disposal unit does not work

I have a Disposall (GFC 300P) brand garbage disposal installed under my sink and all of a sudden, it's no longer working. All it does now is hum. My Google searches showed only one DIY solution and that was to unplug it from the wall socket then put the correct size allen wrench (hex wrench) into the nut at the bottom of the unit and spin the nut clockwise until it moves on its own. However, the Disposall GFC 300P does not have that anywhere on the unit. Also, there is no access to the blades (to move with a wooden dowell, to free it up that way) from the top. Am I screwed or am I just not finding the access for the allen wrench? It seems to be a common enough brand/model of garbage disposal to find some sort of help online, but I can't find any.
posted by NoMich on Jun 7, 2014 - 9 answers

How to quickly get rid of some old gas?

I have one of those cherry red gasoline jugs that I use to store gas for my lawnmower. Usually I just re-use the gas from year to year, but I know that's bad (OLD GAS!), and I'm trying to take better care of my mower and do things like use new gas and change the oil and, you know, stuff, so I'd like to get rid of it and get some new gas... [more inside]
posted by kbanas on May 9, 2014 - 12 answers

How do you throw out tampons in a house with a minimum of yuckiness?

What is the best (most hygienic/cleanest/least gross) way to dispose of tampons at home if you can't flush them? Is there a specific type of bag for this? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Nov 11, 2013 - 54 answers

Rags soaked with sunflower oil will spontaneously combust?

How can I prevent a bunch of cotton rags I soaked in sunflower oil from spontaneously combusting? [more inside]
posted by fan_of_all_things_small on Oct 13, 2013 - 12 answers

What are best practices / tools for non-disposal sink

I really really like having a garbage disposal, grew up having one, and have had one in most of my apartments, but I'm moving to an apartment that is great in every way but doesn't have a garbage disposal. In the past when I've used non-disposal sinks (regular sinks I guess) my main gripe is that even when I scrape off plates and pans, particulate food matter gets into the sink, into and around whatever catcher is in the drain, and is just disgusting. My question is, what do people generally do to keep their sinks pretty clean when they don't have a disposal? [more inside]
posted by permiechickie on Jun 25, 2013 - 25 answers

you could catch a dozen ducklings

Best way to dispose of this plastic mesh wine bottle sleeves. [more inside]
posted by mkb on Dec 16, 2012 - 13 answers

How do I respectfully dispose of my deceased mom's wigs?

How do I respectfully dispose of my deceased mom's wigs? [more inside]
posted by paindemie on Nov 5, 2012 - 11 answers

Erasing hard drives without a computer?

How does one erase an internal hard drive when said drive is no longer hooked up to a computer and you don't have access to another computer? Then what's the best way to dispose of the drives? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Sep 22, 2012 - 19 answers

Disposal isn't flexible enough

Kitchen disposal's rubber splash guard hardly lets water pass through it - what are my options? Even after 6 mos of use, no sign of breaking in. [more inside]
posted by MuckWeh on Nov 22, 2011 - 5 answers

I'm excited to stain! Help me not burn my house down!!

How do I (a DIY'er, not professional) properly dispose of stain soaked rags (in Indiana)? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Oct 30, 2011 - 10 answers

Need help with garbage disposal

Need help with wiring a garbage disposal. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Oct 14, 2011 - 4 answers

Why not throw nuclear waste into a volcano?

Would disposing of nuclear waste in a volcano cause radioactive material to rise into the atmosphere? What would be the arguments against disposing of our nuclear waste into a volcano?
posted by ToruOkada on Aug 13, 2011 - 21 answers

We didn't initiate defiling the environment, but we're legally obligated to finish it

My place of employment has received several thousand packages of rubber bands that need to be destroyed. Any advice on a way of disposing of these on the cheap? [more inside]
posted by charred husk on Jul 20, 2011 - 17 answers

Contaminated WVO disposal?

Where can I dispose of contaminated vegetable oil? [more inside]
posted by gilgamix on Apr 8, 2011 - 11 answers

Easiest way to destroy a hard drive in situ?

I'm having trouble disassembling an old desktop PC to get to the hard drive before I can destroy it and throw everything out. Is there a quick and easy way to destroy the drive in situ, using everyday household objects? [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Apr 6, 2011 - 36 answers

Electric toothbrush disposal

Best way to dispose of an electric toothbrush? [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Nov 18, 2010 - 7 answers

Can I scrap the old cable TV lines at my house?

Can I scrap the old cable TV lines at my house? [more inside]
posted by Nabubrush on Nov 15, 2010 - 8 answers

Planning the Loving Annihilation of a 1997 Nissan Sentra in Seattle

Wanted: an extravagant (but responsible) way to get rid of my car in (or around) Seattle. [more inside]
posted by Chef Flamboyardee on Jul 19, 2010 - 21 answers

Disposing of lots of old frozen meat

What is the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of approx. 40 lbs. of meat that has been frozen for 7+ years? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Jul 18, 2010 - 27 answers

Getting rid of broken printers

I've got two broken (as far as I can tell) printers. Can I sell them? If not, what is the best way to get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by moonroof on Jul 12, 2010 - 7 answers

How can I dispose of this box full of computer guts securely and cheaply?

I am moving across the country in a few weeks. I had these two VERY old desktop computers that I have completely taken apart. Now I have this box full of hard drives, boards, wires, etc. I want to dispose of them securely... [more inside]
posted by eric1200 on Mar 26, 2010 - 12 answers

Is it alright to put an oil painting in the trash..and does this idea have "good energy"?

I want to do something similar to this London artist's idea...but when I think about it I quickly get mired in the logistics. Can you help me decide if I could do something like this that would be environmentally correct plus not cost me money personally? "Art bin" [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Feb 5, 2010 - 4 answers

grounds for change

French-press coffee drinkers, what do you do with your spent grounds? [more inside]
posted by RockyChrysler on Feb 4, 2010 - 35 answers

Toronto electronics disposal?

Where can I dispose of broken tech and appliances in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by LukeyBoy on Dec 19, 2009 - 5 answers

Destroy or Merely Throw Out?

Committing the great library sin...which of these is a better way to get rid of some books? [more inside]
posted by aswego on Oct 28, 2009 - 18 answers

What do you do with household mercury in India?

I would like to dispose of a thermometer that might contain mercury. What's the best way to do this, in India? [more inside]
posted by bookish on Sep 28, 2009 - 2 answers

What's the best way to go about replacing my kitchen sink and faucet?

What's the best way to go about replacing my kitchen sink and faucet? [more inside]
posted by aburd on Jul 27, 2009 - 8 answers

"Green" couch disposal?

Minor dilemma re getting rid of slightly smelly couch. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter on Feb 19, 2009 - 14 answers

Drug Disposal

I know that when medicine expires or is no longer needed, the best way to dispose of it is to take it to a local pharmacy with a disposal program and hand it off to them to take care of it. But that gets me to wondering - then what? [more inside]
posted by sandraregina on Jan 26, 2009 - 12 answers

Deprecated Physical Magnetic Media and You

Audio Cassette Tapes. VHS tapes. 1/4" Reel-to-Reel tapes. If it's magnetic and stringy and housed in plastic casing, I have it. Quite a few boxes. A few shrink wrapped, some new in box, many more used. Besides craigslist -> free, does anyone have a use for my deprecated media? [more inside]
posted by cavalier on Dec 15, 2008 - 11 answers

Stereo Mini cord is toxic?

Why does this stereo mini to RCA adapter have a obscure image icon that indicates hazardous waste? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Nov 17, 2008 - 6 answers

How should I dispose of my body?

What are the least wasteful and/or most productive (preferably legal) things that can be done with my body after I'm dead? [more inside]
posted by Arasithil on Nov 12, 2008 - 15 answers

How do I dispose of LOTS of private documents?

Is there an easy way to get rid of hundreds of pages of private documents? [more inside]
posted by PandemicSoul on Jul 4, 2008 - 14 answers

What should I do with comic books after I read them?

What should I do with comic books after I read them? [more inside]
posted by raddevon on Jun 11, 2008 - 27 answers

Kitchen repair dominoes.

Why is my 6-10 yr old Kenmore Dishwasher not draining? [more inside]
posted by iamabot on May 19, 2008 - 3 answers

Glass down the garbage disposal?

We broke a glass in the kitchen sink and cleaned it up as best as we could, but now the garbage disposal is jammed. Do we have to call a plumber? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect on Oct 17, 2007 - 13 answers

Lost five pounds and spend the day unclogging it.

Why dont they make a "garbage disposal" for my shower drain as well as my toilet? Or do they? [more inside]
posted by jak68 on Oct 16, 2007 - 25 answers

Help me get rid of a dead PDA w/data

I have an old Palm Tungsten C that I fried when I plugged it in in Kenya with a bad converter. I could never use it again, couldn't even turn it on, ever. I want to dispose of it, but there *was* sensitive data on it before it fried. Can you help me with the a) most enviro-friendly and b) data protective way of disposing of it?
posted by tristeza on Sep 14, 2007 - 4 answers


The local council is urging residents who live in a flat to get a food waste disposer (garbage disposal). Are these units an environmentally sound alternative to composting? [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin on Jul 13, 2007 - 13 answers

Disposal of non-usable CDs

How does one responsibly dispose of a stack of outdated CDs? [more inside]
posted by tksh on Jun 20, 2007 - 10 answers

Why does my dishwasher fill up my sink?

Why does my dishwasher fill up my sink? [more inside]
posted by aofl on Jun 20, 2007 - 12 answers

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