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plastic garbage bag alternatives?

so i've never had to purchase garbage bags.. always just get plastic grocery bags instead of canvas when i'm low. i know we shouldn't and i voted for the ban yesterday but now i'm not sure what to use. [more inside]
posted by secretdawn on Nov 9, 2016 - 9 answers

Trash compactor

Does anyone have a trash compactor? My brother is thinking of getting one to use to compress used clothes that he sends down to Guatemala. None of us have ever had or used one and we are wondering if this is a realistic hope. He said even if it could compact them by 20% it would be useful as the shipping fee is based on volume. Does it just squeeze down things like milk cartons or does it really compact anything?
posted by InkaLomax on Aug 27, 2016 - 9 answers

Dog-Proof Bedroom Trash Can

My dog is good at jumping, climbing, and loves to eat literal garbage trash. I'm sexually active, have a roommate, uh....there are reasons I need a trash can in my bedroom that my dog ABSOLUTELY CANNOT GET INTO. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jun 27, 2016 - 29 answers

Organize my Trash!

I am looking for a way to organize for multiple recyclables, compost, slops, etc. [more inside]
posted by aetg on Jun 6, 2016 - 7 answers

Trash-ure Hunt

I need your recs for best trash can dogproofing. [more inside]
posted by asockpuppet on Apr 26, 2016 - 11 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

"Trashy" sci-fi

I'm kicking around some ideas for a sci-fi story about trash. For inspiration, I'm looking for trash-related passages from sci-fi works (e.g. there have to be some in Neuromancer), fiction or non-fiction about electronic waste, articles about trash from different eras, and articles tracing the provenance of trash, analogous to the links within. [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot on Nov 1, 2015 - 42 answers

Is it legal to put dog poop in a neighbor's trash can in Portland, OR?

Is it legal (or lawful... I don't understand the difference) to put bagged dog poop in a neighbor's trash can in Portland, Oregon. Assume you're walking your dog, you've got a bag of poop, the can is at the curb: is it okay to put the poop in the can? Does it matter if it is the scheduled trash collection day? [more inside]
posted by thinman on Jun 3, 2015 - 8 answers

What was this trashy old scifi book?

A friend has told me about a book he remembers reading as a youth, and I am kind of maddeningly curious what it was. Any help? [more inside]
posted by kafziel on Apr 14, 2015 - 6 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

GMail Reads My Mind, Filters Important Messages To Trash

I love me some Gmail, so I'm kind of peeved with its most recent shenanigans. I rarely check my Trash, but out of curiosity I did this week and found a lot of messages that should not have been in the Trash. [more inside]
posted by John Kennedy Toole Box on Nov 8, 2014 - 17 answers

How to get rid of a table in Oakland

How do you get rid of furniture in Oakland? [more inside]
posted by jaybeans on Oct 16, 2014 - 21 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

Woman's Day From 1970's worth selling?

I'm going through my father's garage, and have come across two waist high piles of magazines from the 1970's, most likely waiting room material left over from when he owned a small business. They seem to mostly be "Woman's Day" and "Woman" magazines from 1970-1974. Should I separate the decent ones from the yellowing and crumbled ones, and try to sell them? [more inside]
posted by Kevin Street on Jul 7, 2014 - 11 answers

ISO best practices for cleaning up broken glass outdoors

I have a (potentially) lovely area in my yard where I'd like to put some patio furniture. Problem: it seems to have been used as a midden/trash heap at some point in the past. Things I've found there include old glass fuses, broken window glass, and old vacuum cleaner parts (some with tree roots growing right through them). I suspect the *right* way to fix it is to dig up and replace a few inches of the topsoil (or to pave it over), but I'm renting. I'm willing to put down a few inches of mulch, but I'd like to get as much of the glass up as I can beforehand. I've been picking it up by (gloved) hand but if anyone has any secret tips for locating and picking up broken glass off of dirt, I'd love to hear them!
posted by mskyle on Jun 12, 2014 - 10 answers

My little scavenger

My sweet pup learned to scavenge to survive as a stray in a rural area with her mom. Now she's up to her ears in kibble and tasty treats, but the allure of dead animals, chicken bones, live bees, and bird poop beats everything out...not to mention the nectar that is dirty pond water! I'm doing the obvious, but have any of you successfully untrained fervent, compulsive scavenging behavior? Tips to share? [more inside]
posted by gone2croatan on May 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Can someone buy an instrument from "Landfill Harmonic"/Los Reciclados?

Can someone buy an instrument from "Landfill Harmonic"/Los Reciclados? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on May 20, 2014 - 2 answers

Need solutions to stop smells of baby poop

After my baby poops in the diaper I throw it in the trash but the whole room smells of poop and the whole house to until I take out the trash once or twice a week. I need a better system, is there some special bag or trash can that can stop smells from coming thru? Or can I spray the poop with something that will stop it from smelling? Taking the diaper outside to the main trashcan multiple times a day is not a option.
posted by john123357 on Feb 26, 2014 - 37 answers

Garbage Out, Garbage In

The HOA representatives here have decided without owners' vote and with very limited input that trash cans/garbage bins will be kept inside garages rather than in the individual outdoor alcoves specifically designed to conceal them. [more inside]
posted by vers on Aug 30, 2013 - 16 answers

Are there kitchen trashcans that have decently sealing lids?

We are currently having roach problems in our apartment, and sadly the monthly visits by our landlord supplied pest guy are not having any effect. We are being ultra-careful about leaving out food/water, but this seems pointless when there is a trashcan in the kitchen containing perfect roach food! Our current trashcan has a hinged lid but it doesn't seal. I've tried to look online but can't find any trashcans specifying that they are air/bug tight. Do they exist? [more inside]
posted by blu_stocking on Aug 20, 2013 - 13 answers

Did you read that email? Oh wait, I don't actually need to know.

Help me get read receipts to go to Deleted Items in Outlook 2007. Read receipts received internally get trashed automatically but external ones do not. [more inside]
posted by Sock Ray Blue on May 16, 2013 - 7 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

Restoring Files From the Trash in OSX

How do I take a bunch of files that are in the Trash in OSX (Mountain Lion) and restore them to where they used to be? [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Dec 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Mini dumpsters? Are they a thing?

My mom is coming to help me clear out excess stuff from my apartment in a few weeks. In my ideal world, we'd be able to rent a rollable, roughly refrigerator-box-size mini dumpster for the stuff we're not donating, which someone else would take away when full. Does anything like this actually exist? I'm in Brooklyn. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Oct 7, 2012 - 7 answers

ready to read about refuse.

I want to learn about garbage removal in early New York. [more inside]
posted by DaveZ on Sep 13, 2012 - 5 answers

good heavens it is a full laptop

where on earth is the trash in easypeasy ubuntu linux on an eee pc? how can i empty it? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Jun 29, 2012 - 5 answers

What kids' craft can I do using a bunch of foil circles from San Pellegrino cans?

What kids' craft can I do using a bunch of foil circles from San Pellegrino cans? [more inside]
posted by freecellwizard on May 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me find the LA Trash I crave!

Looking for really trashy old paperbacks in and around Hollywood! [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod on May 10, 2012 - 3 answers

Who pays?

MA Tenant Law - what if a tenant improperly stores their possessions (bed frame, mattress, box spring) on the other side of a duplex? [more inside]
posted by plinth on Apr 23, 2012 - 5 answers

1990s Brooklyn Trash Can Images.

I need to know what a trash can looked like in Brooklyn, NY in the 90s. [more inside]
posted by bd on Jun 10, 2011 - 14 answers

Plastic Double Bagging

Help settle an argument about plastic bags. [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis on May 30, 2011 - 18 answers

closet hoarder.

what do you do with your old clothes? [more inside]
posted by violetk on Feb 26, 2011 - 31 answers

Crime is Beauty: The John Waters Party

I'm the filthiest person alive, and it's my birthday. Help me plan a party themed around the films of John Waters. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jan 11, 2011 - 19 answers

Trashy TV for you and me

Please recommend to me some terrifically trashy guilty pleasure TV shows -- but not reality shows! -- that I can watch over the next few months. The shows can be currently airing on TV (preferred), online on a legit streaming website (Hulu, etc.), or on Netflix Instant Streaming. I'm thinking something along the lines of "Gossip Girl" or the new 90210 series or "Pretty Little Liars", none of which I have ever seen. What else is out there right now that's good -- which is to say, entertainingly bad -- that I can get into quickly? [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl on Jan 4, 2011 - 55 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

Help me cancel my trash pick up!

How can I get rid of my trash? My garbage pick up service has raised their prices and I cannot afford it. I am sure that there is a solution that I am not thinking of. [more inside]
posted by futz on Oct 21, 2010 - 32 answers

is cleaning up after a rally politically noteable?

What's up with the claim right-wing groups make that their rallies don't leave anything to clean up, while left-wing rallies leave behind tons of litter? [more inside]
posted by mdn on Oct 3, 2010 - 17 answers

Iconic yacht rock movies and tv

What movies and TV shows do you associate with the genre of yacht rock? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Aug 12, 2010 - 20 answers

Looking for house emptying service

Looking for New Jersey Estate Cleanout recommendations [more inside]
posted by plinth on Jul 28, 2010 - 2 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

Out, out, damned misnamed Mac file!

I've got a niggling problem with an undeletable file in the trash of an external drive. I'm running Mac OS X 10.5.8. [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy on Jul 11, 2010 - 22 answers

Garbage In -> Garbage Out

If you use canvas bags when you grocery shop, what do you do with your household garbage? Do you buy purpose-specific trash bags? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Jul 7, 2010 - 42 answers

Is it a computer or a doorstop?

Please help me decide whether this laptop should be repaired or tossed. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 10, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me find out where my food comes from & how it's disposed when living in Europe.

I'm having a hard time finding information about the agriculture and trash systems & practices in Europe. Basically I'd like to know where my food comes from and how waste is disposed of when living there. When I pick up a piece of produce from Portugal, I want to understand what that means. [more inside]
posted by scazza on Mar 31, 2010 - 5 answers

100% wireless, except for all these wires.

What should I do with all the old cable and power cords I have? Donate? Arts and crafts? Recycle? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Mar 23, 2010 - 12 answers

I gotta get this junk out of my life

How do I get rid of furniture?? [more inside]
posted by srrh on Mar 2, 2010 - 13 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

precarious trash

Mefites I would like to solicit advice in penning a polite yet firm grievance letter to an unknown person (or parties) in my apartment building. [more inside]
posted by sequin on Jan 24, 2010 - 14 answers

Sketchy journalism & littering

Sleuthing and neighbors have figured out what went on in front of my place the other day and it involves fabricating evidence for a newspaper story. I'd like suggestions on how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by mightshould on Dec 20, 2009 - 26 answers

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