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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
This is really my question: How often do you finish a bottle of lotion? [more inside]
posted by akka
on Feb 4, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Why don't we dispose of nuclear waste by shooting it into space?
posted by willie11
on Apr 2, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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?
posted by Kirn
on Aug 17, 2009 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
The local council is urging residents who live in a flat to get a food waste disposer (garbage disposal). Are these units an environmentally sound alternative to composting? [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin
on Jul 13, 2007 -
Recently I took a large quantity of household junk to my local council run landfill/refuse site. 3 weeks later these items, which I presumed would be destroyed and buried, are appearing at local auctions. [more inside]
posted by fire&wings
on Jun 21, 2006 -