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I would personally go with the solvent technique rather than heat, in my experience you can "melt" abs plastic, accrylic, styro foam, etc. with acetone, just place the lenses aling with the acetone in an airtight container overnight and you should have a putty consistency type goo you can work into a mold or work it with a spatula, as the acetone evaporates ...

1 I have personally seen benches made out of used grocery bags. Those sites list more examples.


Melting down and casting metals is incredibly satisfying, and bootstraps a whole pile of other possibilities — including ones that can generate an income. It also puts you on (or further down) the path to self-sufficiency. At the very least, melting down aluminium cans will let you reduce the volume of cans stored drastically. That will buy you some time ...


1. Reuse There are several websites describing ways to reuse aluminium cans, for example this page on or this one on Most common is to reuse them as a holder of some sorts (e.g. a pencil holder or candle holder), as earrings or as coasters. But I guess there a only so many pencil or candle holders and coasters you can use, so I ...


You should do like all the commercial reverse vending machines do: crush the aluminum, don't melt it. The other answer already has one example way of crushing aluminum. If that doesn't work, well, try to find some other way instead of considering melting. Another way of crushing is to put the can on its side: it's less strong when placed that way, and the ...


This is highly variable depending on the material. For example, if the textile is made from oil-based materials (i.e. plastics), disposing it improperly might accelerate the microplastics problem in oceans. You could: Burn it, to offset other fossil fuel uses, preferably in a large commercial waste incinerator Bury it underground in a landfill, to make it ...


That will very much depend on the material from which it is made. Assuming that the clothing cannot be repaired, the next best thing to do is to re-use it - for example, cut the cloth into squares and use them for cleaning, instead of buying new cleaning cloths.


Stand on the top of the aluminum can with one foot and wave arms until the can gives-way and crushes. Begin bagging the cans and keep them in a chest freezer until there is a load big enough to carry to a recycling facility.


Things like this have also been going on even before the issues with China: If people aren't pre-sorting correctly, then even if the county theoretically does recycle a certain material, they could still be rejecting large batches. There ...

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