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Burner Phones

Cheap and disposable cell phones, what TV detective shows love to call "burner phones" are always shown being thown away in trash cans. But if they are only used once, what happens to them? They all have to have the symbol of a trashcan with an X through it on the back cover to show they're capable of being environmentally recycled. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Nov 28, 2016 - 9 answers

Is it possible to recycle a vacuum flask?

I have a Zojirushi travel mug that I have had for a while. Someone gifted me a new one. What do I do with the old one? I don't to just toss the old one in the trash so it ends up in a landfill, but I don't know what else to do with it. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Oct 29, 2016 - 13 answers

How to get rid of old laptops?

Seeking advice on the best way to get rid of two old laptops. [more inside]
posted by trixie119 on Jul 1, 2016 - 9 answers

Comprehensive Blue Apron packaging recycling in NYC

Does anyone have a thorough (aka not vague and crappy like the one on Blue Apron's website) guide to recycling all of the bits of Blue Apron packaging? I live in New York City, where it seems like you can recycle pretty much anything with a little effort, but I am still a bit lost [more inside]
posted by naoko on Apr 7, 2016 - 2 answers

What to do with Mangled Blinds?

When my wife and I bought our house two years ago, almost all the windows came furnished with custom, wooden blinds of high quality, and I assume, high price. Our lil' devil cat made short work of most of them, however, systematically chewing all the bits of connective string he could get at. Now we have a bunch of half-ruined blinds and loose wooden slats. I'm not sure what to do with this mess. [more inside]
posted by picea on Sep 2, 2015 - 10 answers

What can I do with all these leftover Nuun canisters?

I'm training for a marathon, it's summer, and I am going through a lot of Nuun. The tablets come in these little canisters kinda shaped like film canisters but skinnier. What the heck can I do with these puppies that's not throwing them in the trash?
posted by bq on Jul 16, 2015 - 13 answers

How much can I salvage termite damaged wood?

There is a well-built shed on my property that is heavily termite damaged that I want to tear down. The inside is lined with cedar paneling and I'd like to salvage as much as I can from the entire structure as I want to build a new shed there but I don't want to doom my new building to an early death. What should I do?
posted by Foam Pants on May 14, 2015 - 2 answers

Do "green" pharmacies exist?

I frequent the pharmacy, and every time I pick up my prescription they print off a ton of paper detailing the possible effects of the medication. I have told them I do not want this before, but that just resulted in the pharmacist throwing it in recycling (I hope that's what it was). How can I make this a greener experience? [more inside]
posted by tweedle on Sep 13, 2014 - 13 answers

What can I do with my old hair straighteners, since they no longer work?

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 - 2 answers

Trying to find metal waste pick up guy in Millbrae CA

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 - 5 answers

What can I do with overcooked pasta?

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 - 19 answers

75 to 100 VHS tapes each with 2 to 3 movies

I have an entire month's of Turner Classic Movies "31 Days of Oscar" from 1994/95 or so on VHS tape. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by stbalbach on Apr 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Cookie Problems with Twitter

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 - 8 answers

Help me keep our Apple Cinema displays out of the landfill.

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 - 12 answers

What to do with thin brick construction debris.

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 - 7 answers

Recycling dumpster always full. Seattle landlord blames tenants.

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 - 12 answers

10,000 sheets to the wind?

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 - 26 answers

Emphasis on reuse

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 - 19 answers

Reusing and/or recycling drywall for soundproofing ceiling project

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 - 4 answers

Looking for lesson plans - Recycling Specific

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 - 3 answers

One person's trash is another person's treasure.

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 - 39 answers

Please help me recycle/donate my old laptops.

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 - 8 answers

How should we recycle old VHS tapes

VHS tapes. How/where to recycle them? [more inside]
posted by mcbeth on Jul 4, 2012 - 4 answers

What to do with empty six packs?

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 - 11 answers

I, for one, welcome our umbrella overlords

Creative uses for a broken umbrella? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 7, 2011 - 13 answers

Why isn't chipboard recycled in Albuquerque?

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 - 6 answers

I I I I I Have Some Stepping Stones

Give me ideas on how to re-purpose leftover stepping stones. [more inside]
posted by schleppo on Jun 17, 2011 - 7 answers

Recycled vinyl in SF

At which shops in San Francisco can I find recycled billboard vinyl bags and accessories?
posted by j03 on Jun 16, 2011 - 6 answers

Make me actually use my reusable bags!

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 - 34 answers

How to recycle trees

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 - 11 answers

How to sell/recycle a used computer?

How do I easily rid myself of a busted Powerbook and still make a little bit of money back? [more inside]
posted by hangingbyathread on Feb 2, 2011 - 14 answers

Electric toothbrush disposal

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

What to do with old box twin spring & twin mattress?

What to do with old box twin spring & twin mattress? [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Nov 15, 2010 - 9 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

Help me instill a recycling program at my work! I have no idea how though.

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 - 9 answers

Old License Plates

What are some creative ways to reuse old license plates? [more inside]
posted by Bistle on Jul 28, 2010 - 11 answers

Ubuntu laptop for Grandma?

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 - 19 answers

Can I reuse coal that has been put out?

Barbecuefilter: Can I reuse coal that has been put out? [more inside]
posted by gmm on Jun 10, 2010 - 11 answers

Crafty Recyclables not so Recyclable?

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 - 12 answers

Gold for gold! Transforming old shinies into new shinies!

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 - 7 answers

making use of leftover jarred liquid

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 - 20 answers

What can I do with a broken ipod?

What is to be done with an ipod that has a crashed hard drive? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Feb 10, 2010 - 7 answers

How to be a "greener" at packaging?

"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 - 10 answers

Throwing out old checkbooks

How safe is it to recycle old, unused checkbooks? [more inside]
posted by lou on Jan 10, 2010 - 20 answers

what to do with a broken guitar?

What to do with a broken guitar? [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 on Dec 29, 2009 - 15 answers

How do I create overlapping arrows in a circle (Illustrator)?

What's the "right" way to create an arrows-in-a-circle diagram such as this one or these? 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 - 9 answers

What can I do with an old laptop word processor?

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 - 2 answers

Where can I find speherical bags that will help me turn my trash into toys?

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 - 4 answers

Alles frei!

FreeCycle equivalents in Berlin? [more inside]
posted by molecicco on Sep 14, 2009 - 7 answers

Can I recycle a broken hairdryer?

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? Thanks!
posted by Kirn on Aug 17, 2009 - 3 answers

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