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Can I throw CFL lightbulbs in the garbage?

When a compact florescent lightbulb dies, what is the right way to throw it away? [more inside]
posted by ewok_academy on Apr 7, 2015 - 9 answers

How do I get rid of things, and where do they go?

So I am at my mom's house (my childhood home) and I am trying to clean out some of the decades of detritus. Some of it's easy - recycle paper trash, donate books and clothes - but what do I do with all the other weird stuff I've accumulated? Snowflake: garbage makes me really really nervous. [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles on Dec 25, 2014 - 26 answers

Why yes I can overthink a can of trash, thank you.

In a 2-unit converted house in greater Boston, with the owner/landlord living upstairs, is the etiquette for the first-floor renter (me) to simply put my trash in outside cans/recycling bins as needed, and expect my landlord to take them to the curb on trash day? Or am I responsible for moving 'my own' trash to the sidewalk? [more inside]
posted by amy lecteur on Oct 4, 2014 - 16 answers

Is a specialised drawer under the kitchen sink for garbage & recycling bins a good idea?

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 - 18 answers

Does any of our stuff actually get recycled??

How can I make sure my recycling is not ending up in a landfill? [more inside]
posted by jehsom on Nov 11, 2010 - 9 answers

Kitty litter disposal dilemma

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 - 11 answers

Is my recycling really being recycled?

How is it possible that paper is not hopelessly contaminated in single-stream recycling? [more inside]
posted by purpleclover on Jul 20, 2010 - 4 answers

Ok, what's *really* worth recycling?

After reading this old recycling thread, I wonder something..... [more inside]
posted by swimming naked when the tide goes out on Feb 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Secrets of the garbage and recycling industry? What is not so green? etc

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 - 45 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

Elegant trash/recycling bins?

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 - 10 answers

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