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Motivate me to use stuff up! give me your best reuse/recycling tips

I don't like to use new/nice stuff because it ruins them. What are some recycling projects that are made from accumulating things like empty lipstick, jars, old pencils, dried pens, etc? [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Feb 25, 2014 - 7 answers

What is a good way to get rid of textbooks?

I have just moved and am in the process of unpacking my things. I have far more books than my space allows and would like to get rid of old university textbooks that I haven't looked at in years and that are now woefully out of date. Are there some ways of repurposing them other than recycling? Would a university used bookstore or general used bookstore find some use for a 10+ year old textbook? Are there other more creative ways of reusing them? [more inside]
posted by jamincan on Feb 25, 2014 - 23 answers

Tips for breaking down boxes?

I order a lot of stuff online (like the people four questions back). Which means I end up with a lot of boxes. Which means I spend a lot of time breaking down boxes with a box cutter to put into recycling. The way I do it seems both time consuming, and possibly accident-prone. Anyone have any tips for breaking down boxes safely and quickly? (Or, I guess, tips for how to avoid having to break down boxes).
posted by ManInSuit on Jan 12, 2014 - 28 answers

Boxes to pulp to boxes again, but what of the tape?

I unpack a cardboard box. I cut the tape and flatten the box, and a person with a truck takes it to the recycling center, where it is chopped up and wetted into a paste and made into other boxes. What happens to the tape that held the box together? Is it soaked off before the box is chopped up? Is it a total waste, or is it incorporated into a recycled product? How bad is plastic tape for the environment?
posted by blnkfrnk on Dec 24, 2013 - 5 answers

How to use 40,000 sheets of letterhead paper?

Instead of ordering one set of 200 sheets of letterhead writing paper (with mine & my husband's names and our address), I ordered 200 sets of 200 sheets of paper. That means I will now be receiving 40,000 sheets of letterhead... how can I make this less wasteful and use it all up? [more inside]
posted by ladybird on Oct 10, 2013 - 22 answers

Disposing of a very broken cell phone?

I have an old Palm Pre with a very shattered screen that probably doesn't power on anymore (I haven't gone near it since it shattered). What is the best way to recycle it? I live in Seattle and the city recycling does not accept e-waste. I know there are a number of places you can mail cell phones to be recycled but I'm very unclear on if they accept non-working cell phones with broken screens, etc. Anyone have personal experience with any of these services?
posted by tigeri on Aug 31, 2013 - 8 answers

Bottle returns - international

Does it make ecological sense to return glass bottles from Switzerland to Belgium for re-use? [more inside]
posted by eurandom on Aug 7, 2013 - 10 answers

How to dispose empty disposable propane tanks in Brooklyn?

In Brooklyn, what's the proper way to get rid of empty propane canisters from a small grill? [more inside]
posted by miniape on Aug 4, 2013 - 8 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

Uses for old birthday cards?

What do you do with birthday cards when the party is over? [more inside]
posted by Mnky197 on May 31, 2013 - 29 answers

Outdated IT equipment - anything better to do with it than recycling?

I have a temp job tidying IT store rooms. We're gonna throw away (I mean recycle) loads of stuf, like hundreds of kettle (power) leads, couple dozen first gen Cisco VoIP phones. Any better ideas? [more inside]
posted by yoHighness on May 29, 2013 - 8 answers

I don't need a retirement plan; I've got copper plumbing

Our house is entirely plumbed in copper. Even the ginormous pipe that leaves the house to go out to the sewer.. whenever people see the maze of pipes in our basement, they comment on how valuable it is. But really? I mean, besides all the work of tearing it out and dealing with the weight, etc etc, how would a normal person like me turn it into money???? [Not that I want to; I just ponder these things sometimes.]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Apr 27, 2013 - 15 answers

Recycling plant pollution?

The local garbage collection company is trying to put up a recycling center. Yay! Recycling is good! However, they're putting it smack middle in a rural residential area that, inexplicably, has pieces zoned commercial and the residents aren't pleased. [more inside]
posted by skittlekicks on Apr 24, 2013 - 7 answers

Wheels on my feet

I just bought a pair of shoes that use the rubber from old tires for the soles. The soles seem durable and they're surprisingly flexible. It made me wonder, why don't more companies use tire rubber for shoe soles? Bonus question: There always seem to be piles of old tires around - what other uses could these tires be put to?
posted by ashworth on Apr 6, 2013 - 20 answers

Pump Up The Soap. Pump Up The Soap. Pump Up The Soap. Pump It Up!

How the hell do you get everything out of a bottle that uses a plastic pump dispenser? [more inside]
posted by Rewind on Mar 23, 2013 - 20 answers

Repeat after me: glass, metal, paper, plastic

How can I get the people around me to be more conscientious about recycling? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Mar 14, 2013 - 33 answers

How can I best use all these glass bottles?

I would like to landscape using these empty beer bottles. Basically, I want to set the bottles end down into the ground and have a patio floor of the glass bottle bottoms. Can I do this? Have you ever done this or seen this? [more inside]
posted by J0 on Mar 1, 2013 - 20 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

Bus-powered enclosure

I'd like to reuse a 5.25" optical drive in an external USB 2 enclosure. Are there any that are USB- or bus-powered? The ones on Newegg are all AC-powered, it seems. Do bus-powered enclosures exist?
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Sep 11, 2012 - 10 answers

I want it gone--all gone

Best way to dispose of lava rock [more inside]
posted by katyh on Aug 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Fun with guts. Book guts.

I'm doing a craft project for sale on Etsy that re-uses old book hardcovers, but not the pages. What crafty thing can I do with the pages? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize on Jul 24, 2012 - 20 answers

How to get data consolidated from a bunch of computers with money rather than work?

Service to pull data off a bunch of old computers and then recycle, in bay area? [more inside]
posted by paultopia on Jul 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Does anyone want old computer memory?

Just replaced the memory in my MacBook Pro (was 2GB, now is 6GB) - what should I do with the old memory sticks? [more inside]
posted by WestCoaster on Jul 21, 2012 - 11 answers

90s Pro video equipment - Betacam SP - recycle, donate, what ?

I have a Betacam-SP UWV 1800-p player/recorder. I cannot think of any use for it. Would it suit a college AV department ? Or a museum ? I'd like to see it find a good home, but I will settle for getting rid of it. Can any Mefiers recommend a next step ?
posted by devious truculent and unreliable on May 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Are we trashing our recycling?

How bad is it if non-recycling/non-compost items end up in recycling/compost bins? Is it counter-productive to green efforts to give office workers ONLY recycling and compost bins and their desks, no trash cans? [more inside]
posted by CruiseSavvy on May 15, 2012 - 21 answers

How does single-stream recycling actually work?

My community has recently switched over to a single-stream recycling system. That's cool, but what don't I know? [more inside]
posted by 7segment on May 11, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I make sure that my information is removed before taking my old eletronics for recycling?

What steps do I need to take before recycling my old computers? [more inside]
posted by asnider on May 2, 2012 - 10 answers

Need to reign in recycling chaos!

Recycling overload - looking for sorting bin suggestions [more inside]
posted by Maarika on Apr 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Best reusable product packaging?

I realized recently that I purchase a certain brand of tomato sauce because underneath the label lies a very attractive mason jar. Do you have products that you buy almost as much for the reusability of their packaging as the product itself? The Altoids tin would be another example.
posted by gwint on Mar 28, 2012 - 92 answers

Items with NEGATIVE VALUE: Metal Bedframes

In this old house in which I find myself living, useless metal bedframes have been kicking around here for eighteen years. What should I do with them? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Mar 17, 2012 - 22 answers

How can I get more RAM for our school's slow computers?

How can I come up with 250 sticks of 1GB DDR2 PC2-4200 RAM? (Our local high school has 150 PCs running Window 7 with just 1GB of RAM.) [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Feb 1, 2012 - 16 answers

Reuse or recycle?

What is the proper way to "recycle" the blue plastic pallets that Diet Mountain Dew bottles are sold on? [more inside]
posted by aflores on Jan 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Paper or Digital?

I"ve collected 1200+ magazines since 2005. The intention was to use them as reference when freelance writing for specific publications. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jan 2, 2012 - 9 answers

What to do with our kitchen appliances from Australia?

We are in the US - Help me figure out what to do with our kitchen appliances from Australia. [more inside]
posted by inquisitrix on Dec 1, 2011 - 9 answers

[Toronto-filter] Skinning a leather couch

Is there any way to make money off an old leather couch -- or at least put the leather to good use? [more inside]
posted by monkeymonkey on Nov 30, 2011 - 6 answers

Where can I sell my Mac in NYC?

Where in NYC can I sell my old Macbook in the next day or two? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Nov 7, 2011 - 6 answers

Payment Model For Commercial Recycling Business

What kind of payment model is normally used for a commercial recycling business? [more inside]
posted by paradoxflow on Aug 30, 2011 - 1 answer

1. Obtain lots of seltzer cartridges. 2. ??? 3. Profit!

Are seltzer cartridges recyclable? And/or is there anything cool I can do with them? [more inside]
posted by librarina on Aug 28, 2011 - 7 answers

What to do with a liter of slightly dirty olive oil?

What to do with a liter of slightly dirty olive oil? [more inside]
posted by wnissen on Aug 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Get new laptop, then recycle the old one?

Can I purchase a laptop from the Apple store, then use the Apple Recycling Program to recycle my old Apple laptop, get the gift card, and apply it to my purchase? [more inside]
posted by King Bee on Jul 21, 2011 - 5 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

How can we keep our party green?

What's the best "green" way to serve party food and beverages? [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Jul 4, 2011 - 28 answers

Selling steel in nyc

I have 40 6' lengths of 1/2" steel rod. Is it possible to sell this in nyc and get money worth the hassle of transporting the rods?
posted by edbles on May 19, 2011 - 12 answers

How can I get my neighbours to stop putting non-recylable food rubbish in my yellow recycling bin?

How can I get my neighbours to stop putting non-recylable food rubbish in my yellow recycling bin? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2011 - 12 answers

How do I bundle cardboard boxes most efficiently?

What's the trick to flattening cardboard boxes of varying sizes/thicknesses and bundling them together with twine? I handle the recycling for my building, and I can't figure out how to manage the boxes most efficiently. [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand on Feb 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Recycling 101 - How "clean" should a shampoo bottle be before going in the recycle bin?

My local recycling information page says I should rinse out plastic bottles, but shampoo (as an example) does not seem to rinse out very easily and I don't want to waste a lot of water, either. How do other people handle this? [more inside]
posted by Glinn on Jan 31, 2011 - 20 answers

Laptop recycling in Sydney, Australia

Recycling dead computer hardware in Sydney, Australia [more inside]
posted by infinitejones on Jan 25, 2011 - 3 answers

How about we recycle your SUV?

How to stop a co-worker digging through my trash? [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Jan 22, 2011 - 59 answers

To reuse or not to reuse, that is the question.

How much hot water can I use washing a re-usable cup before it's a net environmental loss? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid on Jan 14, 2011 - 20 answers

Can you recycle Teflon/nonstick coated cookware? 2011 Edition

My question has already been asked, but that was six years ago and I'm wondering what's changed since then. So: is there a good way to recycle nonstick cookware nowadays? [more inside]
posted by brett on Jan 8, 2011 - 1 answer

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