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]
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!
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?)
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]
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?
Help me reduce my dependence on
foreign oil domestic paper towels. [more inside]
Any uses for old gasoline (petrol)? [more inside]
Staying positive when it seems like everything has gone wrong - snowflakes within [more inside]
This is really my question: How often do you finish a bottle of lotion? [more inside]
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?
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]
Does a bomb calorimeter give a value of heat energy per gram of material or electricity? [more inside]
Thoughts on a dog septic tank? [more inside]
Will the amount of sulphur in waste meat greatly affect the amount of energy produced from combusting waste meat? [more inside]
How do you shop so that food doesn't go bad before you can eat it? [more inside]
WELL DONE!?! Help me ruin a couple of perfectly good steaks. [more inside]
Nuclear power - environmental pros and cons? [more inside]
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.
What is the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of approx. 40 lbs. of meat that has been frozen for 7+ years? [more inside]
Toilet poop shredders - my friend is convinced they exist but I have never heard of them. Is there really such a thing? [more inside]
Why don't we dispose of nuclear waste by shooting it into space?
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?
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]
What are the most efficient foods for the body to process? [more inside]
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]
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!
Waste Oil Diesel. Any satisfied users? [more inside]
I need a good collection of readings identifying major issues associated with energy production using biomass. [more inside]
What would you name a green project that saves electricity throughout a building? [more inside]
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]
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]
What's the best P2P direct connect software for University networks? [more inside]
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]
Is there an easy way to get rid of hundreds of pages of private documents? [more inside]
Are gas station forecourts really air conditioned in some places in the USA? [more inside]
Help me have a well-managed pantry. [more inside]
Is there some easy, cheap and useful way to deal with twiggy tree branch trimmings at home? [more inside]
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]
Strategies for greening the work place? [more inside]
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?
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.
Zero waste is the topic. Turned up zero hits in my AskMeFi search. [more inside]
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]
How do I stop paper junk mail? Is there an equivalent of the government Do Not Call List for regular mail?
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?
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]
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