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How to counter the "American abundance" argument.

We Americans have too much stuff in general. This is not a controversial statement. But when I say something like this to friends or acquaintances (and I phrase it non-accusatorially! Gently! Practically wrapped in cotton batting!) some people counter with, "Well, I'm just glad I live in a country that provides so much abundance, and where we have freedom of choice about what we own." [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier on Jul 8, 2016 - 56 answers

What to do with 3 full drums of diesel fuel?

My landlord's ex left 3 industrial drums of diesel fuel on the property when they split. I just moved here, and would like the yard space free, which would please everyone since they're just taking up space at this point. What's the most responsible way to get rid of them? Post on Craigslist for people who need bulk fuel? Hazmat? Thanks!
posted by hot_tea on May 27, 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

raw sewage in bathroom - landlord responsibility in California

There is a pile of raw sewage in my bathroom due to a blocked pipe in the apartment complex I live in. The pipe is shared by multiple units. Landlord is refusing to properly deal with situation. [more inside]
posted by AtoBtoA on Jun 21, 2015 - 13 answers


I need to know about the most badass tupperware-type stuff. Right now we have a mixed "collection" of mason jars, to-go containers, Talenti gelato jars, and the occasional thing that's actually meant for the job, but who knows where the hell the lid for it is. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Oct 21, 2014 - 39 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

WVa water crisis - who came first?

Which facility was constructed first, the WVa American Water treatment plant, or the Freedom Industries chemical storage place? In other words, did WVAW "come to the nuisance," or did Freedom choose to build upstream from the water plant? what dates was each facility constructed? (and if Freedom came subsequently to WVAW, did the latter protest at the time?)
posted by mmiddle on Jan 15, 2014 - 7 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

What is the point of the plastic card the hospital gives me every time?

Every time I go to the hospital for a routine visit, I get a plastic card that looks kind of like a credit card, embossed with my name, my age, my birthday, my doctor's name, and the date and reason of the visit. No one ever asks to see this card; no one looks at it. I get a new card every time. It seems expensive and wasteful -- does anyone know why they do it?
posted by cider on Jul 10, 2013 - 12 answers

I always know where my towel is: it's on the roll or in the trash

Help me reduce my dependence on foreign oil domestic paper towels. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Dec 6, 2012 - 30 answers

Homemade napalm?

Any uses for old gasoline (petrol)? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Jun 10, 2012 - 11 answers

Tupac cares, if don't nobody else care

Staying positive when it seems like everything has gone wrong - snowflakes within [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Apr 4, 2012 - 15 answers

How often do you finish a bottle of lotion?

This is really my question: How often do you finish a bottle of lotion? [more inside]
posted by akka on Feb 4, 2012 - 33 answers

Why not throw nuclear waste into a volcano?

Would disposing of nuclear waste in a volcano cause radioactive material to rise into the atmosphere? What would be the arguments against disposing of our nuclear waste into a volcano?
posted by ToruOkada on Aug 13, 2011 - 21 answers

Not Tony Soprano. The other kind.

No, I'm not looking to "whack" someone. My family owns a commercial space in Flatbush and our last tenant left behind a lot of garbage. Do you know of a good and relatively inexpensive waste management service we could use? Any good ones on Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by cazoo on Jun 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Does a bomb calorimeter give a value of heat energy per gram of material or electricity?

Does a bomb calorimeter give a value of heat energy per gram of material or electricity? [more inside]
posted by sockpim on May 3, 2011 - 13 answers

Making a DIY dog septic system.

Thoughts on a dog septic tank? [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Apr 1, 2011 - 13 answers

When using a bomb calorimeter to combust meat, do I need to work out the sulphur content for meat?

Will the amount of sulphur in waste meat greatly affect the amount of energy produced from combusting waste meat? [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Mar 15, 2011 - 2 answers

speed eating for dummies

How do you shop so that food doesn't go bad before you can eat it? [more inside]
posted by motsque on Mar 10, 2011 - 36 answers

This is going to be tough.

WELL DONE!?! Help me ruin a couple of perfectly good steaks. [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Mar 2, 2011 - 35 answers

What are the two sides of the nuclear power debate?

Nuclear power - environmental pros and cons? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Oct 19, 2010 - 43 answers

what should I ask a mechanic to look for before buying an uncoverted diesel car that was powered with waste oil?

I'm considering purchasing a 2009 VW Jetta TDI with 12k miles. During summer months, the owner used waste oil for fuel. (no separate tank or conversion kit). But we're in the mountains, and it gets brisk even in the summer. Should I walk away altogether? Can I ask a mechanic to specifically check out the fuel injection system? What else should I ask of the mechanic? Thanks.
posted by comah on Sep 27, 2010 - 8 answers

Disposing of lots of old frozen meat

What is the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of approx. 40 lbs. of meat that has been frozen for 7+ years? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Jul 18, 2010 - 27 answers

Toilet Shredder

Toilet poop shredders - my friend is convinced they exist but I have never heard of them. Is there really such a thing? [more inside]
posted by Danniman on May 7, 2010 - 8 answers

Why don't we dispose of our nuclear waste by shooting it into space?

Why don't we dispose of nuclear waste by shooting it into space?
posted by willie11 on Apr 2, 2010 - 33 answers

Xerox Workcentre 7132 Waste Toner Container Trickery?

Sweet MetaFilter, would anyone happen to have a quick fix regarding a Xerox Workcentre 7132? The poor machine is asking me to replace the Waste Toner Container [R3] and Cleaning Bar [R4] . . . yet my workplace has no spares to replace! Is there anyway I can trick/jimmy/cajole the beast in order to induce proper functioning until a replacement arrives?
posted by caseymichael on Apr 1, 2010 - 3 answers

Handcuffing the users is not an option

My colleagues print out huge amounts of stuff they never pick up. Our mammoth printer offers a few too many ways to curb this. Help me save the rainforests please. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Feb 17, 2010 - 13 answers

What are the most efficient foods for the body to process?

What are the most efficient foods for the body to process? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 22, 2009 - 10 answers

Are meat and leather production correlated?

What proportion of leather comes from animals whose other parts are ultimately consumed by humans for food? What proportion of leather-bearing food animals' skins are ultimately made into leather? How would i find out? [more inside]
posted by dkg on Oct 9, 2009 - 6 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

Stop Burning Dinosaurs.

Waste Oil Diesel. Any satisfied users? [more inside]
posted by Jon-o on Jun 27, 2009 - 4 answers

A Burning Question

I need a good collection of readings identifying major issues associated with energy production using biomass. [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy on Apr 21, 2009 - 3 answers

Naming a new green technology

What would you name a green project that saves electricity throughout a building? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella on Feb 7, 2009 - 17 answers

Tax deductions for food donations?

Can grocery retailers claim a tax deduction for the market value of donated food, or just the cost of that food? I've been given both answers - but only one can be right, right? [more inside]
posted by greggish on Jan 27, 2009 - 7 answers

Is penny-wise pound-foolish with replacement filters?

With some products, the off-brand is as good as any other brand, sometimes even coming off the same production lines in the same factories. With other products, there is a quality difference between brands. How about for replacement HEPA filters for a Kenmore air cleaner? (And, as a bonus, should I believe the warning against washing and reusing the charcoal pre-filters?) [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Oct 30, 2008 - 4 answers

What's the best P2P direct connect software for University networks?

What's the best P2P direct connect software for University networks? [more inside]
posted by ilumos on Sep 12, 2008 - 8 answers

The Microwave of Death !?!?

Is cooking (or re-heating) my food with a microwave destroying the food, sucking out nutrients that would not be removed by heating on the stove top in a stainless pan? I've heard this here and there, dated an Earth Mother South Austin Woman who was/likely is certain that I may as well put nuclear waste products AND rat poison in my food, pretty much heard the same about twenty minutes ago from a woman working in the vitamin/supplements department at Whole Foods, yet another Austin Earth Mother type; just the fact that I said the word 'microwave' caused her to get a big frowny face, looked like she had gas or something. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I like to toss broccoli with just a shade of water into the microwave for a couple of minutes, or re-heat my rice and beans or soup or whatever. Related: Does cooking vegetables in a pressure cooker rob them of needed nutrients? [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Aug 7, 2008 - 26 answers

How do I dispose of LOTS of private documents?

Is there an easy way to get rid of hundreds of pages of private documents? [more inside]
posted by PandemicSoul on Jul 4, 2008 - 14 answers

Air conditioning the outdoors?

Are gas station forecourts really air conditioned in some places in the USA? [more inside]
posted by bystander on Jul 3, 2008 - 37 answers

Help me have a well-managed pantry.

Help me have a well-managed pantry. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on Jun 18, 2008 - 16 answers

Environmentally friendly end to tree trimmings

Is there some easy, cheap and useful way to deal with twiggy tree branch trimmings at home? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Apr 14, 2008 - 7 answers

Script needed to diff and then play sound when refresh reveals tickets are on sale.

W.A.S.T.E. of a question, but I need a script that will perform a diff and play an alert sound when a reload reveals that the HTML page has changed relative to the previous reload. [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 on Apr 8, 2008 - 8 answers

How to lower the environmental impact of the work place?

Strategies for greening the work place? [more inside]
posted by InstantSanitizer on Apr 7, 2008 - 11 answers

old toys & industrial waste

yesterday, my neighbor was talking about that stuff we had as kids that was basically a little tube of awful smelling plastic gunk and a small straw. you put a glob of plastic on the straw and blew weird, oily bubbles. anyone remember what that crap was called? what was it?
posted by xz on Mar 13, 2008 - 23 answers

Paper waste?

Don't publishers waste a significant amount of money and paper by including blank pages at the begining and end of their books? I have seen as much as six blank pages included at the begining and end of books. Now if the book becomes a hot seller and sells let's say 500,000 copies, that's 2 million blank white pages if it has as little as four blank pages. Don't publishers keep this in mind? Or is the cost of paper insignificant? The environmental factor should be considered as well as the monetary one of "wasting" so much paper.
posted by princeofpersiaxz on Jan 25, 2008 - 22 answers

Looking for resources regarding sustainability.

Zero waste is the topic. Turned up zero hits in my AskMeFi search. [more inside]
posted by valentinepig on Dec 17, 2007 - 8 answers

1,000 Useless Mugs - Let's Keep them out of the Landfill

The org I work for has 1000 coffee mugs we can't use. What can we do with them to keep them out of a landfill? [more inside]
posted by nomad73 on Dec 12, 2007 - 32 answers

Do Not Mail List

How do I stop paper junk mail? Is there an equivalent of the government Do Not Call List for regular mail?
posted by destro on Nov 14, 2007 - 21 answers

Paint Rollers and the environment: Wash or waste?

My wife has come to the conclusion that it's more environmentally friendly to use a paint roller once (and then let it dry out and throw it away) as opposed to wasting upteen gallons of water cleaning all the paint out in order to reuse the roller. This seems crazy and a waste of money to me. What say you AskMetafilterians?
posted by ssmith on Sep 17, 2007 - 21 answers

What sort of garden shredder should we get?

We've got a garden. We don't have a car. Soon, the garden is going to change and produce a lot of waste vegetation (that hedge has to go, etc. etc.). So I'm looking at purchasing a garden shredder, and I realise I know nothing about this sort of thing. Is a petrol powered shredder that much better than a good electric one? Is there anything else I should know about these machines? [more inside]
posted by handee on Sep 2, 2007 - 7 answers

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