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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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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Sustainability of waste incineration vs biofuel/biogas?

Should I encourage my neighbors to send their food waste to a biogas plant instead of the current incineration facility? I have Googled around and it does not seem like it is clear that it is better ...
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Can I compost vegetable oil?

I have a quart (0.9 liter) of vegetable oil, and was wanting to get rid of it. I know you're not supposed to pour it down the drain, and was thinking that if I put it in the compost bin I would be ...
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Is it better to dispose of food scraps with a garbage disposal unit or into the garbage?

Obviously it is best to compost food scraps, but that is not always an option. A recent ABC news article claimed that food scraps were contributing to 'fatbergs' in Brisbane's sewage system. I've ...
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Is there any harm in not sorting biowaste?

I mix biowaste with mixed waste (ends up to a landfill). In my household the amount of produced biowaste is minimal, mostly consisting of leftover pasta and fruit & vegetable peels. Will I cause ...
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Using other peoples resources for basic living

For at least a few weeks, I've been living using others resources. I do not own a cellphone and have no expenses except my car insurance. I'm currently using my car for sleep and transportation. For ...
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How recyclable is a sealable coffee bag?

I am aware of a few ways to "upcycle" a sealable coffee (ground or whole beans) bag (see photo), but how recyclable is it? I am sure it depends a lot on where I live, but I was wondering if you knew ...
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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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Alternatives to garbage plastic bags

I currently use plastic garbage bags in the kitchen. I would like (if possible) to use something plastic free, as hygienic as the usual plastic bag and easily obtainable in Europe. Is there any ...
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Scrapping a mouse - what should I focus on?

First of all, I would truly appreciate your help since I'm still a rookie when it comes to scrapping. I stumble upon e-waste quite often which is the prime reason why have I decided to become a ...
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What is the most valuable “thing” I should focus on when scrapping electronics? [closed]

Since I'm still getting to know the world of sustainable living, recycling, scrapping, and everything related to that - I would be very grateful if someone gave me a few pieces of advice. I would ...
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What should I do with my old smart phone?

What are the recycling methods applicable for a smart phone? People often change smart phones and the number of unused phones have become a problem for the environment. I came to know about some ...
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Co-firing fossil fuels use in waste incineration

I know from shop talk among previous colleagues that waste incinerators often need natural gas to sustain firing. AFAIK this is mostly because mixed household wastes have a high moisture content, ...
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Is garbage separation beneficial, if yes, how beneficial is it?

I would have a question. I lived till now in a number of Eastern and Western European countries. With time I saw that the states/cities in which I lived made provisions (most recently in Poland-Warsaw)...
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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 there any self sustainable sanitation solutions for remote and underdeveloped areas?

My organization wants to install toilets and some kind of recycling method in remote underdeveloped areas. The installments should be suitable for hilly and mountainous terrain. Since the area we ...
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cost of energy for old crt vs new flatscreen

My parents recently moved and are going through throwing out and replacing a lot of their furniture. They have 3 large old fashioned crt televisions that are quite heavy, and I'm considering ...
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What to do with old, unused incandescent light bulbs

Over the years, my family has built up a small stockpile of incandescent light bulbs. More recently, we have been replacing our incandescent lights with more energy-efficient alternatives. ...
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Relationship between number of public rubbish bins and MSW(municipal Solid Waste) among countries and areas

Is there any research really about the relationship between the number of public rubbish bins and MSW? Any studies about it? Do municipalities with less public rubbish bins tend to produce less MSW? ...
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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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When are manufacturers required to mark products and packaging with recycling codes?

I just purchased a consumer product. It was packaged in a clear plastic 'disposable' container. This shipping container is not marked in any way. There is no material designation or recycling code ...
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What's the most sustainable way of disposing with a used battery?

We are advised by our various governments that the most environmentally-friendly way to dispose of a battery is to give it in to a designated battery recycling plant. But could the process of doing ...
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Which funeral methods are more sustainable than burial or cremation?

All living things die. I will die. What are some sustainable options for handling dead bodies?
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How can I clean old cooking oil for use in candles?

I have a tupperware of old cooking oil in the fridge that I've been debating throwing away - but I would rather re-use it than just toss it. Can I render it and make it into jar candles? It's ...
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More uses for bacon grease

We (my family) consume good amounts of bacon which produce a lot of bacon grease. I don't like wasting anything that I could reuse or repurpose, including this. I use this byproduct in many different ...
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Is it a good idea to throw organic waste in a river?

I live in an apartment in an urban area that doesn't offer municipal compost. I store my food waste in a paper bag in my freezer. When the bag is full, I run it over to Whole Foods and dispose of ...
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Any food and grocery buying systems that lead to less food waste?

I am not asking for specific diets or reducing plastic waste. Many people may not want to change their diets. How do people buy food so that they throw away as little food as possible? There must be ...
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What does it take to stop the use of plastic bags in big grocery stores?

Many people do their weekly groceries at large supermarkets and consume a lot of plastic bags. However, given the fact that I already know that I am going to buy a-week worth of food and supplies what ...
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Source for comparison of garbage companies sustainability efforts?

I am looking for a source for info on how effective their recycling programs are, how much gas they use based on spread of trucks to garages, their greening efforts etc. I live in New York, so even ...
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How sustainable is Tokyo's city-wide garbage separation and recycling programs?

I'm using the example of Tokyo, Japan, as it is a massive megacity and also, from personal experience having lived there for 4 years. Not only are the public rubbish bins across the city segregated ...
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Freezing Bananas With Less Waste

My wife likes to freeze bananas by removing their skin, wrapping them in aluminum foil, and placing them in the freezer. She eats a couple of bananas per day. So, this is using up a lot of aluminum ...
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What can I do to give second life to half-drained batteries?

Suppose I'm replacing batteries in some powerful device like a flashlight - the flashlight will not even run on those batteries but some low power device like a TV remote or a wall clock will continue ...
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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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Reusing, recycling or disposal of used or expired cooking oil

I have found the article How to Dispose of Cooking Oil where are these suggestions: reuse: filter and put into a freezer or a fridge for later reuse different purpose reuse: lava lamp, snow shovel ...
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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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Are there any experiences with small-scale duckweed farming using domestic wastes or wastewater?

Duckweeds are among the fastest growing higher plants, edible and rich in protein. They grow in lakes that are rich in nutrients, for example from fertilizer runoff. They have been used as tests for ...
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How can glass be recycled/reused locally in rural communities?

I live in a "remote" part of the USA, where it is prohibitively expensive to ship glass elsewhere for recycling. Because of the small population (the nearest city over 10k people is 110 miles away), ...
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Compost yourself or let the city handle the organic waste?

From a sustainability perspective. Is it better to let the city handle the organic waste or compost yourself locally when possible? I'd suspect city's larger scale organic waste management facilities ...
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Are there any viable DIY or commercial solutions to convert waste heat to electricity?

Apparantly there are some advances in converting heat to electricity such as here or here. But are there any commercial solutions/devices/DIY projects or is this at the moment (as stated in the ...
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Uses for fish bones?

We eat fish. I know some small fish bones are fried and eaten as food in some parts of the world, and they can be composted for mineral content. I do compost some already, but we don’t have that ...
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How can we use fallen leaves from tree in best way?

In my neighborhood, there are so many trees along the road. So every day many leaves fall and everyday road-cleaning workers wastefully just burn it. I was hoping to use that waste in a more ...
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What is the most sustainable way to handle food waste…throwing food scraps into garbage or down my sink's garbage disposal?

Every night when I wash dishes, I either throw food scraps down the garbage disposal or throw it in the trash. Is it more sustainable to throw food scraps down the garbage disposal? I think things ...
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Can wood wool be produced from plywood waste?

For packaging of parcels, is it feasible/ possible to produce wood wool from the waste of plywood products? If not, what alternative packaging uses are there for plywood waste?
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(Non-compost) uses for egg-shells?

Like many families, we eat eggs and this produces egg shells. While I am aware that composting is a possibility I am wondering if there are other things we can do with them. We are not raising ...
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When do you know you're generating too much waste?

I (a single person, me, myself) fill and dispose a 30 liter bin every couple of days, and I feel uncomfortable with it, but I don't have a benchmark. What I want to know is considered normal waste ...
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What are the environmental effects of discarding radioactive smoke detectors?

I called Kidde about mailing back their radioactive smoke detector now that it has exceeded its usable life. It is labeled that it contains 0.9 micro curies of Americium 241. They claimed over the ...
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Are there any hard numbers on energy spent on recycling?

I have heard arguments that the energy spent recycling some materials eclipses the energy spent gathering and working raw materials into new products. I can see how this is possible but without hard ...
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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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What to do with wood ash?

I have a wood burning fireplace which I use on occasion, and I have a decent amount of wood ash each time I have a fire. How can I dispose of the wood ash without just throwing it in the trash? I live ...
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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 ...