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What to do with bare oboe carcass?

I recently visited an oboe factory (amazing!) and was given a wooden oboe carcass complete with metal connectors from their stock of cracked rejects. Now, I dislike stuff for stuff's sake, so what can I DO with this item? All reuse ideas gratefully received.
posted by doornoise on Nov 17, 2016 - 16 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 do you reframe a frameless door?

I've got three beautiful unframed old doors I want to install. They were taken out of an old house and the frames did not come with. I know how to install a door that is in a frame but how the hell do you put a door IN a frame? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Oct 26, 2016 - 11 answers

Used chewing gum: which bin?

Should a used piece of chewing gum go in the recycling bin, the non-recycling bin or the compost bin?
posted by Paul Slade on Jul 26, 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

Can I liberate my Vitamix blades to a new container?

I got a Vitamix Pro 300 last winter. The container has developed a crack, and it is being replaced under warranty with a whole new container. I have been told to dispose of the old container when the new one arrives. My question is - if I were to buy a smaller 16oz container from eBay without blades, could I transfer the blades and retainer nut from the cracked 32oz short container into the smaller 16oz container? I would do this if I can in order to give myself some more options to blend smaller amounts of food! [more inside]
posted by veids on Jun 16, 2016 - 4 answers

Asphalt Driveway Do Over - Is a Second Life Possible?

My home driveway is old bulging, cracking asphalt. I want to remove at least part of it and replace it with packed stone and pavers. The asphalt companies I've called won't take the old asphalt - they say there's not enough for them to bother with. Are there any options for recycling this so it doesn't end up at the dump? [more inside]
posted by summerstorm on May 14, 2016 - 4 answers

Funky Trash/Recycling Center in Greater Seattle Area. Dream or reality?

I have vague childhood memories spent stopping by a waste drop-off / recycling center in the the Greater Seattle Area. My family would drive through deposit different items in large receptacles. Was it for donations? Getting rid of trash? Who knows. All I remember was that each receptacle was maybe the size of a two-person tent and had a different color. They also had faces on them! They looked like DOTS Gum Drops with cartoon faces, kind of like Pacman Ghosts. There were maybe 8 of them? Stumped. [more inside]
posted by doctordrey on May 3, 2016 - 2 answers

My roommate is a hardcore recycler and I am not. What now?

My roommate has confronted me about putting improper items in our trash that can be recycled. I don't really care. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr on Apr 11, 2016 - 67 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 freestanding kitchen storage solutions can my trash bin fit UNDER?

I have a trash bin. I have a recycling bin. They are out in the open in my kitchen. I would like to use the space above these bins for additional storage without drilling anything into my walls. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by waterisfinite on Feb 25, 2016 - 9 answers

How to Recycle Sterilite

I'm in NYC, and I want to get rid of this one Sterilite storage bin (16 gal) that I own. I'd like to recycle it, but being as our building has been fined by Sanitation before, I am particularly anxious to do it the right way. [more inside]
posted by Puck Soppet on Feb 2, 2016 - 11 answers

Do I need a Superfund to clean up my kids’ shoes?

Do those flash shoes and flash toys represent an environmental hazard? How should they be disposed of safely? [more inside]
posted by littlewater on Jan 7, 2016 - 6 answers

How to separate a stacked washer dryer

How to separate a stacked washer/dryer? I want to lift the dryer off it's base, a washer, and re-install it on a shelf above a new used washer. Need to know, or find someone who knows how the separate the stacked unit wiring. No appliance repair service seems willing, and I'm not sure where to find a help to do it. It will save me a lot of money, not to mention reusing/recycling/repairing a working appliance.
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Oct 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Did I see what I thought I saw?

My apartment complex switched to single container recycling a few months ago. You just take your recyclables and chuck them into an enormous, trailer sized metal container. A few weeks ago I drove past a garbage truck from the recycling company parked next to the container. On the ground, spread out on tarps, were several children, probably 8-10 years old, sorting stuff from the recycling container into piles. I have several concerns and questions here. [more inside]
posted by xyzzy on Oct 8, 2015 - 33 answers

Best Way to Hold a Paper Bag Open to Receive Paper for Recycling?

I just use paper grocery bags to hold paper or plastics/metal for recycling. I feel like there's got to be some doo-hicky that will hold the bags open to make chucking recyclables into the bag a little easier. [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on Sep 17, 2015 - 13 answers

Best practices for searching/wiping hard drives

What is the safest (within reason) and most efficient way for me to get the data I want off of a bunch of old hard drives and then securely wipe them for recycling? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Aug 3, 2015 - 4 answers

A cake "recycling" service

I want to start a business that takes leftover cake from parties and turns them into cake pops, to give back to the party people. Is this feasible? [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Jul 25, 2015 - 30 answers

Raised bed garden built from cardboard?

My sister and I are trying to figure out how to do raised bed gardening on the extremely cheap. I have proposed building the beds out of the cardboard boxes left over from our recent move. What are the likely consequences of this plan, and do you have a better and/or cheaper option? [more inside]
posted by SMPA on Jul 2, 2015 - 35 answers

Hate to be wasteful in a world filled with needs!

I have about 150 small glass votives with used candles leftover from my recent lovely wedding. I don't want to just throw them all out if there's a use for them, but can't think of a way to recycle/re-purpose--help? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Jun 26, 2015 - 17 answers

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

What use is a broken HDTV?

I have a non-functioning HDTV with no visible damage. Is there any way to wring any remaining value out of it? [more inside]
posted by incomple on Oct 20, 2014 - 5 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

What to do with hundreds of excess frisbees?

My company ordered up several hundred flying discs with the company logo, which are now surplus due to a name and logo change. I've been trying to think up something to do with them before they become trash/recycling. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Sep 24, 2014 - 22 answers

What to do with random cables and obsolete computer equipment?

I'm helping a buddy clean out his basement before renovating. We're finding a lot of miscellany including a large storage container of random cords and cables for electronic equipment. Also unearthed in the pile of boxes has been a scanner and inkjet printer from at least 10 years ago. What are the best options for dealing with this stuff? (More inside.) [more inside]
posted by adapt on Sep 20, 2014 - 9 answers

How long do you keep your clothes for?

I'm wondering what other people think is a reasonable time frame for getting rid of clothes that they don't really want anymore. [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on Aug 10, 2014 - 46 answers

I want to knit... with wire... and soda tabs... please help me...

So, I've seen some knitting techniques that turn pop tops from soda cans into a nice material type substance for wardrobe accessories. I've also seen a chair someone made out of those same pop tops but with zip ties holding them together instead of the knitting yarn used in fashion items. Can you help me combine the two to make an amazing and unique chair? Specifically I need ideas for what type of wire/material to use for the joining of the poptabs but any help is welcome. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Aug 8, 2014 - 10 answers

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

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