Questions tagged [waste]

materials which the initial user wants to dispose. For questions about [reuse] or [recycling] waste use those tags.

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Can a landfill be a source of microplastic in waterways and running water?

Can a landfill be a source of microplastic in waterways and running water? These studies are paywalled and, I assume, don't answer the following question: can microplastics pass through landfill ...
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Can I recycle greasy metal in the US?

In the United States, I know that paper and plastic are often not recyclable if they are greasy. Can I recycle metal that has vegetable grease on it surface? I'm thinking of canisters that once ...
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Is mercury still found in modern e-waste?

Is mercury still found in modern e-waste? I need an authoritative reference, please. I did try to research it on my own, but got conflicting information.
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Could glomalin-enriched soil be useful for emissions reduction in garbage landfills?

Emissions from landfills, mostly CO2 and CH4, are significant. Could layers of glomalin-enriched soil placed over the heap help contain part of these emissions? Landfill Emissions https://www....
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What is the recommended way to dispose of a used water filter?

I have just replaced water filters for the water filtration system recently. There are a total 5 filters. 1 of them is ceramic, the other 4 are made of other materials which could probably be opened ...
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How many times do you need to re-use cloth napkins to offset their impact?

My local municipality has a "Waste Watchers" program that provides resources for reducing the quantity of waste sent to landfills. One of their tips is to use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins. ...
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What is the most sustainable way of making coffee?

Which method of brewing coffee is the most sustainable? The criteria being: minimal waste, minimal energy (no matter where it's produced) I guess for the optimal solution it would be necessary to......
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What is the climate impact of discarding natural apparel in landfills?

What with fast fashion, loads of clothes are dumped in landfills, especially, I guess, in the US, given its humongous consumption of fiber goods. They are organic matter and therefore supposed to emit ...
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How long does it take for different types of textiles to decompose in a landfill?

I've looked through the first five pages of Scholar search results to my request "landfill decomposition of textiles cotton" and found zero useful information. Is there any scientific ...
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How long does it take for a cotton piece of clothing to decompose under landfill conditions? [duplicate]

How long does it take for a cotton piece of clothing to decompose under landfill conditions? I skimmed through the first five pages to my Google Scholar query "cotton degradation decomposition ...
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Is there such a thing as safe and green incinerators?

Is there such a thing as safe and green incinerators? Do those cutting-edge incinerators in developed countries like Sweden emit pollutants in quantities that can negatively affect human health and ...
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Can organic waste be turned into fish food?

I have heard that catfish (and perhaps other fish too) eat about anything. Would catfish also eat my organic waste? If so I could breed catfish in aquaponics. So can my waste be turned into fish-food?...
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Is there any eco-friendly option for condom?

I am from India and there is no availability of vegan condom. I am a hardcore practitioner of sustainable living and don't wanted to create waste with single-use condom which is definitely resulting ...
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Why is reducing the consumption of recyclables is better than recycling recyclables?

Why is reducing the consumption of recyclables is better than recycling recyclables? Some recyclables can be recycled only a limited number of times (plastics) so I partially understand it. But other ...
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Recycling soda stream canisters in Australia?

My wife and I have a bunch of random broken things from our previous lives that we're trying to get rid of correctly. One of them is a few left over SodaStream canisters. Many recycling centres (in ...
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Is thermal heating of soil contaminated by coal gasification plant safe in a built-up zone?

Where I stay, theres a site (see intro here) nearby that used to be a coal gasification plant (produces coal gas for lightning etc.). The plant contaminated the soil with PAHs and heavy metals with ...
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Does plastic really degrade in a landfill?

There seems to be a lot of debate about whether, and how, plastic degrades in a landfill. There are many different types of plastic, from polypropylene to polystyrene. With this variety, it seems ...
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What is the most efficient way to deal with electronic waste?

What is the most efficient way to deal with electronic waste like old computers, TVs, etc? More specifically, I have some old CDs and DVDs. I don't want to just dump them. What should I do with these ...
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How can ceramics be recycled?

How can ceramics be recycled? Does the answer vary greatly depending on glaze or other factors, and if so, how can those factors be determined (i.e. how can I tell if a glaze contains lead or not)? ...
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How to dispose ultra-processed food?

A friend of mine just recently started avoiding any ultra-processed food because of health concerns. However he already had some in his storage room and some have passed their expiration date.This ...
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Is there any useful recycling of fibreglass boats or other products made of it?

Lifetime is running out for a large number of fibreglass boats produced about 50 years ago. Many shipyards where they have been produced do no longer exist and last users frequently do not have the ...
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In search for information on removing trash cans from individual offices

I recently saw a video (almost certain it was on YouTube) about a university department where they had installed some measures to improve their waste management. One of the measures was to no longer ...
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What are the consequences of wasting water in a water-rich country?

I live in Hungary where everyone has access to loads of clean water. Still, common knowledge says that one shouldn't waste water. Apart from the economic factors, like cleaning the water, why ...
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Is manual sorting of household waste more effective than mechanical separation?

In theory people can separate waste much better than a machine, since they have more knowledge about the waste itself. In practice, with all my good will, I find that following the directions for ...
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Is it more environmentally friendly to use laptops or desktop PCs?

I've often wondered whether it's more environmentally friendly to use a desktop or a laptop. To compare purely the electricity usage, I can of course calculate how long I leave my computer turned on, ...
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Can solid dog waste be safely added to a backyard composting heap?

My dog poops in my backyard and the poop is either a) forgotten or b) picked up in a biodegradable bag and thrown in the trash which is ultimately incinerated for electricity by my municipality. Both ...
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Getting rid of immature windfallen apples

What are the (easiest) sustainable ways of getting rid of immature (windfallen) apples? Is it OK to put them into a compost? What part of compost can they make? Is it good to crush them before ...
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Is it sustainable or necessary to use potable water to wash waste before recycling?

I live in a major metropolitan area in the United States, and we have a municipal recycling pick-up program. They advise us to wash food containers prior to putting them in our bins, and if an item ...
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Are there any insect-based waste-separation techniques?

I'm learning about how black soldier flies and insects in general are used to turn organic waste into more insects, which are then harvested for protein-heavy feed for poultry and fish. A lot of ...
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Which materials dumped into landfills are the largest sources of methane?

Recent research has shown that landfills (garbage dumps) can be major emitters of methane. The largest methane emitters in California are a subset of landfills, which exhibit persistent anomalous ...
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How to reduce the environmental impact of drinks containers

I would like to help the owners of a pub (based in Milan, Italy) to decrease the environmental impact of the waste they produce. My intent is to make them buy the same food content (especially drinks)...
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What is this candy wrapper made of? Solely plastic or mixed with something else?

I am an avid recycler - whenever I get the chance to recycle, I do it. The only problem is, I can't mix materials when recycling. I want to recycle the following: It's wrapping for candy - in this ...
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Did any country, city, or village implement a coffee separate collection with success?

Coffee is a wide produced and consumed drinking all around the world. After the use, exhausted coffee filters (wet coffee powder) are a very nutrient fertilizer. This brought some people to collect ...
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How much land needed to dispose of blades from wind turbines?

I saw a news article saying that Wind Turbine Blades Can’t Be Recycled, So They’re Piling Up in Landfills. This is definitely unfavourable, but I really want to get a better sense of the scale of the ...
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What are the uses of bones from the different animals bred industrially?

The food industry grows animals for meat, but some parts cannot be sold for human consumption. What is the final use of bones from the different animals grown industrially? pigs, beef, poultry etc.
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How should I dispose of scrap lumber from renovating?

I recently purchased a home in Wisconsin, USA, and in the process of making repairs and upgrades I find I'm generating a fair amount of scrap lumber each month. I keep whatever I think I'll be able to ...
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Best Uses for Scrap Aluminum

Much to my dismay, my apartment building recently canceled their recycling program. My household generates a fair amount of waste aluminum cans that we were previously sending to the local recycling ...
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Is burning PVC with municipal waste 'acceptable' nowadays?

I started to write a comment under the question Is there an efficient way to dispose of credit cards? about the dangers of burning PVC, because this can lead to dangerous chlorine compounds in the ...
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How to unsubscribe from junkmail and circulars?

I use Catalog Choice to unsubscribe from catalogs. However, I'm not sure how to stop receiving other junkmail and circulars that routinely come in the mail, such as ValPak coupons, ClipperMagazine, ...
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How do I dispose trash without using plastic bags?

Everyday, we dispose of our trash using plastic bags. This prevents the trash (especially liquids) from leaking out and contaminating our garbage disposal systems. Obviously, things such as paper bags ...
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Are composting toilets better than septic systems?

As a sustainability advocate I've always assumed that composting toilets were "better" than septic systems in almost any application. However I've been reading up a bit on both system types (see ...
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How can we dispose or recycle hair clippings from barber shops?

Near by my home there are barber shops where they throw hair clippings in the dustbin and when the contents are burned it gives a bad smell. How I can suggest them to properly dispose or recycle the ...
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Are used "blister packs" recyclable?

Now, in management of recurring everyday waste, this is something totally unavoidable. Are tablet strips (what they call blister pack strips), after use, recyclable? Can they be dumped with dry ...
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How to properly dispose of bubble wrap envelopes?

In those envelopes paper is often glued pretty well to bubble wrap portion, making it hard to separate. On top of that bubble wrap itself is seldom recycled - for example in my area of Ontario, Canada ...
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Is putting plastic in the garbage better than putting it in the recycling bin?

It has been two years since China has cracked down on importing recyclables, and it appears the U.S. has had to stockpile, incinerate, landfill, or divert most of its recyclables stream to other, less-...
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Is using a menstrual cup better for the environment than using pads or tampons?

Menstrual cups can last between 5 to 10 years depending on the brand and care in use. There are many different brands and designs. E.g. Diva cups only last about the average of 5 years, while Mooncup ...
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Is Tawashi really suitable for dishwashing?

As a step to reduce my waste I planned to make a tawashi to replace artificial dishwashing sponges. I had a t-shirt not suitable to be donated, waiting to be upcycled, so I made t-shirt yarn out of it ...
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What are the ecological effects of buying "imperfect produce"?

I have seen a few sites such as imperfectproduce.com, fullharvest.com, and hungryharvest.com. They sell food that they claim would otherwise go to waste because it would be hard to sell through ...
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Plastic incineration vs discarding considerations

Firstly, let me say, I am not pro-either. I just hear about people trying to save the environment (and putting an end to bad municipal 'dump site' behaviour) by rather burning their trash. This is ...
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How to encourage people to sort waste properly

We have put a fair amount of effort into reducing the impact of our staff canteen in our office. One part of this is introducing separate food waste and recyclables bins. However many canteen users ...