The HOA representatives here have decided without owners' vote and with very limited input that trash cans/garbage bins will be kept inside garages rather than in the individual outdoor alcoves specifically designed to conceal them. [more inside]
posted by vers
on Aug 30, 2013 -
TrashFilter: Is a specialised drawer under the kitchen sink for garbage & recycling bins a good idea? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas
on Dec 5, 2010 -
How can I get rid of my trash? My garbage pick up service has raised their prices and I cannot afford it. I am sure that there is a solution that I am not thinking of. [more inside]
posted by futz
on Oct 21, 2010 -
What's up with the claim right-wing groups make that their rallies don't leave anything to clean up, while left-wing rallies leave behind tons of litter? [more inside]
posted by mdn
on Oct 3, 2010 -
Apparently biodegradable plastic bags are causing problems in my city's
waste and recycling/green bin system. I did not know this. What should I do about disposing of my kitty litter? [more inside]
posted by analog
on Oct 1, 2010 -
If you use canvas bags when you grocery shop, what do you do with your household garbage? Do you buy purpose-specific trash bags? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus
on Jul 7, 2010 -
With everyone being "green" and rushing to save the planet, what are some of the things that people should be wary off? From sketchy advertising to just pure fraud to other not so obvious ploys. For example, there was a story in my local paper where a reporter found out the city did not actually recycle some of the truckloads of compost for a period of time because of unforseen circumstances. There was a cover up and this was going on when the city paid a premium price to have the waste recycled. People believed that they were helping the planet by recycling instead of putting out the waste in the landfills.
What other things have you read or seen first hand in your city or community or workplace?
posted by abbat
on Jan 15, 2010 -
I'm looking for statistics on the types of garbage that's currently sitting in American landfills. Does anybody have any good resources for this? To be clear, I'm trying to find the percentage of paper, plastics, metal, etc as they contribute to the greater whole.
Statistics from other countries are welcomed too.
posted by wandergeek
on Oct 8, 2009 -
In North America, how far inland do you have to be before you stop finding seagulls at garbage dumps?
posted by Mayor Curley
on Aug 6, 2009 -
Several years ago there was a captivating video on the web of a napkin or piece of paper wafting/dancing in the gentle breeze on a street sidewalk. [more inside]
posted by wsg
on Jul 29, 2009 -
What important household papers and documents must I keep and file? What papers are OK to throw away? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake
on Jul 28, 2009 -
Help me find this grocery bag using trash bin., or something similar, please. I StumbledUpon this link
and think it would be an awesome gift for my mother. She doesn't want to use reusable bags because she takes 8-10 empty aluminum cans to the recycle bin every morning along with a bag of cat poop/liter from cleaning the litter box. For convenience she uses two grocery bags a day for the job. If she's going to use bags I figured I may as well make it easy for her.
posted by RunawayOctober
on Jan 7, 2009 -
The cupboard beneath my sink would seem to be an oddball, I've never found a garbage can that will fit it perfectly - 20 inches high, 10 inches wide, 15 inches deep. I usually buy taller containers and cut them down.
I'd love to find something built to fit. Is there a site you can go to find such a thing, or, even better, where you can input the dimensions of the container you're looking for, and then browse results?
posted by boombot
on May 21, 2008 -
I'd like to stop using plastic grocery bags, but I use them as liners in all of my garbage cans (including the kitchen, where stuff thrown in tends to be moist food detritus). Any ideas on what to use as garbage liners in lieu of the plastic bags?
posted by backseatpilot
on Jan 24, 2008 -
My HOA negotiated an exclusive contract with a garbage company -- and the garbage company has increased rates and decreased service. Help! [more inside]
posted by parilous
on Jan 3, 2008 -
How do I stop paper junk mail? Is there an equivalent of the government Do Not Call List for regular mail?
posted by destro
on Nov 14, 2007 -
Is there anything worth mining/harvesting out of a random old desktop scanner? I was about to throw this heap away, when I decided to take it apart. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher
on Oct 9, 2007 -
What household items are hazardous to the environment when thrown away? I'm compiling a list of items that we should recycle or dispose of specially instead of tossing, like batteries and fluorescent light bulbs. [more inside]
posted by Alison
on Jun 7, 2007 -
My "garbage disposal" is all gunked up. How do I clean it?
posted by indigo4963
on Jan 10, 2007 -
I have little under-cabinet space and and am looking for a somewhat elegant solution to trash/food waste/recycling. Because of the lack of under-counter space, I need something free-standing and preferably with a small footprint. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Manhasset
on Oct 20, 2006 -
I have to pee. I also have to blow my nose. Is it more environmentally friendly to toss my snotty Kleenex
into the trash or into the toilet (which I was going to flush anyway)?
posted by mookieproof
on Mar 22, 2006 -
Something in my rubbish bin stinks, and since I was away for rubbish collection day it's going to be there for a while longer. What can I do to get rid of, or at least reduce, the smell? [more inside]
posted by teem
on Nov 24, 2005 -
What's your trash can of choice (for the kitchen)? I'm convinced they all suck- please, tell me I'm wrong. [more inside]
posted by mkultra
on Apr 22, 2005 -
How do I dispose of an old dorm-style cube fridge that has died a horrible death and is not worth repairing? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK
on Mar 20, 2005 -
I work a standard full-time job. How do I keep the amount of rubbish generated from lunch down to something I'm not ashamed of? [Would you like to know more?] [more inside]
posted by krisjohn
on Feb 13, 2005 -
Yesterday, our garbage disposal died. Then we ran the dishwasher and the food from the sink started to flow into the dishwasher. We didn't realize the extent of the problem until it started cooking during the drying cycle.
Has this ever happened to you? Is it simply time to call the plumber?
posted by Lola_G
on Dec 6, 2004 -
Raccoon in a dumpster. Girlfriend's place of employment has raccoons caught in the dumpster like clockwork every Friday (pickup is Thursday night and no amount of effort will get the company to latch it.) She usually puts a board in and lets them climb out at their leisure. One has been sleeping in the corner all day and won't move even when prodded. Is he just being nocturnal, or does he need medical attention? (Animal control hasn't returned her call and she's worried for him).
posted by Mayor Curley
on Dec 3, 2004 -
OK, I have Drain Flies. Dirty, disgusting, ewww, gross!!!! How can I get rid of them quickly without poisoning myself in the process? I hate flies more than spiders, snakes, mice, more than anything; so THIS IS AN EMERGENCY!!!!
posted by lilboo
on Oct 13, 2004 -