I have few old hair straighteners which have burned out over the years (I have very big, frizzy, and curly hair), and I'm trying to figure out the best way to discard them--is it best to just throw them away, or can I recycle them? [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988
on Jul 1, 2014 -
My friend said that there are people who would pick up metal waste for free. I have metal stuff to donate and want to call the right person for pick up. I live in Millbrae CA. Anybody know the phone number to call?
posted by akomom
on Jun 19, 2014 -
Every once in a while, I'll absent-mindedly leave pasta to cook just past the point where it's inedible. I hate throwing away food. Can I repurpose the overcooked pasta somehow? I've tried sautéing the mushy noodles in oil following a suggestion from somewhere, but it doesn't salvage it. I was thinking along the lines of throwing the pasta into the food processor and making a dough, or drying it out in the fridge and grinding it down, but I don't know if that's a good idea.
posted by redlines
on May 1, 2014 -
I have software that I can set to do certain types of cleaning each time the computer restarts; delete temporary internet files, empty recycle bin, etc. I can also set it to delete cookies but I don't do it frequently because whenever cookies are deleted, specifically, the functionality on my Twitter account drops, i.e. I can't type in the comment box, I can't see new interactions and I can't see who is or isn't following me. I have to beg the company to do something (which they may or may not do over time) and eventually, functionality comes back. I've tried different browsers whenever I delete cookies and the same thing happens. I haven't noticed if I'm having problems with any of the other social media I use. Why is this happening and can I do anything to avoid it?
posted by CollectiveMind
on Jan 16, 2014 -
We have five aluminum 30" Apple Cinema displays at the office. They are slowly going dim. I don't want to trash them. How can they be fixed? [more inside]
posted by Mei's lost sandal
on Nov 24, 2013 -
I recently removed an interior wall covering of about a ton of thin ( and joist bending ) brick like this
, or this
, and now have sheets of plaster and/or broken brick and plaster. Is there any other use for it around a house or yard; I don't like throwing it away and I'd have to take it to a construction dumpster due to its weight. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 17, 2013 -
The recycling dumpster shared by about 30 people in an apartment complex fills up to the top and overflows the second or third day after it is emptied. It's been this way for a few months now, after some changes in the tenant count and removal of one dumpster. Landlord says people need to use the recycling dumpster space more efficiently, refusing to get more recycling space and passing on overflow pickup costs in building fees. How can I fix this problem? [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000
on Jun 19, 2013 -
I have approximately 10,000 sheets of 8.5" x 11" paper in a box under my desk. They have printing on one side already, are standard computer paper weights, and are various colors. What are some creative ways I can use them or places to which I could donate them in the Twin Cities (Minnesota)? [more inside]
posted by elmer benson
on May 23, 2013 -
What are some craft projects that are made out of things that would be thrown away? [more inside]
posted by bq
on Apr 25, 2013 -
I am planning to attempt to soundproof my ceiling of my condo. I plan to use a method that includes adding drywall/green glue between the floor joists and then adding additional drywall below. (example
I was wondering if there were any problems in carefully tearing down the drywall that is there and using it for the smaller areas between the floor joists (i.e., taking down larger pieces out, cutting them to size, and using them for the inner floor joist area). I'd have to get new drywall for the outside, but I am trying to minimize cost and waste.
Is this reasonable?
posted by lccslug
on Feb 9, 2013 -
I am compiling a collection of K-12 lesson plans on waste reduction/recycling/reuse/composting etc. Where are the best places to look? [more inside]
posted by DaveZ
on Jan 15, 2013 -
One person's trash is another person's treasure. What do certain industries throw out that can be repurposed for free? [more inside]
posted by aniola
on Nov 28, 2012 -
What to do with old laptops? I have one 13 year old Dell Latitude, doesn't turn on, probably useless (?) and a 4 or 5 year old Inspiron1505, still works okay, should have utility for someone. I'd like to know how to best dispose of the old one, and best securely wipe/possibly donate the more recent one. Are these appropriate/feasible goals? I have a ceramic drill bit if drilling through hard drives is required, and I live in a city, so I expect I'd have a range of options if things need to be done.
Thanks in advance for your help! Any and all replies are appreciated.
posted by pineapple carver
on Aug 13, 2012 -
I have empty six packs of 17 different varieties of a particular brand of beer. What should I do with them? [more inside]
posted by AMSBoethius
on Nov 7, 2011 -
Just moved to Albuquerque and was surprised that chipboard isn't recycled here.
. This means cereal boxes and the like aren't recycled here and head to the landfill. Two-part question: 1. Why isn't chipboard recycled here like it is everywhere else I've lived? 2. Is there a way to recycle it here that I've missed? I've googled extensively but hope I've missed something.
posted by jz
on Aug 1, 2011 -
At which shops in San Francisco can I find recycled billboard vinyl bags and accessories?
posted by j03
on Jun 16, 2011 -
Now that you've gone all earth-friendly and eco-conscious and bring your own reusable canvas or recycled plastic tote bags to the grocery store, how do you remember to actually use them? [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie
on Jun 1, 2011 -
We are having trees in our yard cut down, and are unsure how to dispose of them. [more inside]
posted by Lost
on Mar 4, 2011 -
I want to start a recycling program at my work. How feasible is this, how do I get support and prove that it's worth the cost to whoever I need to prove it to, etc, as an employee very far down the food chain? [more inside]
posted by tweedle
on Aug 10, 2010 -
Replacing my laptop, and planning to give current laptop to my 85 yr old mother so she can email and chat with me, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren, and receive photo's. Is ubuntu a viable OS for her? [more inside]
posted by batikrose
on Jul 1, 2010 -
What is the long-term impact of reusable art/craft projects (e.g. school "environmental" arts projects or Etsy-esque recycled jewelry & knickknacks)? Do they really help the environment or do they just delay the impact? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on May 9, 2010 -
Do you know of any other firms that will recycle your gold and make jewelry for you? I know of EcoKarat
, but they don't offer the stones I want for my custom jewelry.
Barring that, what's the best way to sell the unwanted gold jewelry I have? All of those cash4gold websites look unsavory.
posted by emkelley
on Apr 30, 2010 -
Tips for making use of the leftover liquid contents of jarred goods (like roasted red pepper juice, pickle juice, cherry and lemon juices, etc.), please. [more inside]
posted by ifjuly
on Feb 21, 2010 -
"Greener" Packaging - My company is trying to be better reducing our packaging costs and waste. Currently, we use a lot of foam and cardboard boxes. What have you seen that works? Lots more inside [more inside]
posted by colecovizion
on Jan 31, 2010 -
What's the "right" way to create an arrows-in-a-circle diagram such as this one
? The last post in that second link works (in Illustrator) if I then expand, ungroup, and bring the last arrowhead to the front...but it seems like a crude solution. Is there a better way? Illustrator seems like it's the right sofware for the job, but I'm open to other ideas, too. Thanks!
posted by The Dutchman
on Dec 18, 2009 -
I've seen great ideas for modding old laptops, but what can I do with an old laptop word processor? [more inside]
posted by ollyolly
on Dec 10, 2009 -
Where can I find bags of various sizes that:
are spherical or ball-shaped when full of stuff
are made of durable outdoor-hardy material
and close with velcro or a drawstring or some other kid-safe closure mechanism
Bonus: Bags of other useful shapes like kid furniture, that can be filled and closed
You see, I want to make balls out of trash... [more inside]
posted by cross_impact
on Nov 19, 2009 -
I have a broken hair dryer. Can I recycle it?
I live in Brighton, UK - I can't find anything on the local council website about recycling this type of item.
Do I just bin it?
posted by Kirn
on Aug 17, 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 -
I just rented a place in Pasadena, California that doesn't have any recycling. Other than piling mounds of recycling in my tiny kitchen before driving it to a recycling center, what are my options? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat
on Jun 1, 2009 -
Tell me about the best and worst elements of recycling in your town so you can help me set up my recycling (collection) business. [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop
on May 26, 2009 -
I have a lot of Cat6 cable we need to donate or recycle--a bunch of partial boxes and some bags of random lengths. Ideally, it needs to be somewhere in the Centennial/Aurora/Littleton area.
Anyone know of a good place to do so?
posted by everichon
on Feb 18, 2009 -
I've had a lot of clothes over the years that I've hung on to, for no reason other than that I can't bear to throw them away. What do you do with your favorite clothes once they are too worn out to continue to function as clothing?
posted by seagull.apollo
on Feb 12, 2009 -
Trying to get rid of a printer, some battery packs and an old PDA, without simply throwing them in the black bag. How does one recycle electronics ethically in London? [more inside]
posted by marmaduke_yaverland
on Jan 26, 2009 -