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Hacks for either the reuse of materials or the preparation of materials to be recycled, such as glass, plastic, and wood.

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How to reduce size of bubble wraps?

Big ones are too voluminous to throw away; a single wrap could fill up a whole garbage bag. Any quick and/or handy way to "shrink" it? I tried to pop each bubble with fingers over hours/days to ...
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Energy waste or not

Would washing food containers waste more "energy" electricity (fossil fuels) than benefit of the clean plastic peanut butter jar?
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How to recycle nespresso capsules?

A few days ago I could see on the News how Nespresso capsules were contributing to pollution (collecting in land fills, becoming litter, and so forth). If I am honest I have to say I had not seen the ...
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Is writing “Return to Sender” on junk mail effective for reducing the amount of junk mail one receives? [closed]

Is writing "Return to Sender" on junk mail and mailing it back to the sender effective at preventing "snail mail" spam? I heard the sender has to pay postage twice, and if enough people did this, ...
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Reviving dead tennis balls

I have a bunch of dead tennis balls and don't want them to just get wasted in a landfill somewhere. I've heard of recycling programs for tennis balls before, but I was wondering if I could find a ...
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What to do with delivery boxes when recycle bin is full?

We order a lot from Amazon and Amazon prime. The problem is the stuff often comes in individual boxes. Some times, it seems like if you order a pair of socks your going to get two separate boxes. ...
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Remove ink from coroplast

I'm trying to remove the ink/paint from coroplast signs with a simple trick. Any household item, something not too expensive that I can find easily. I saw once that recycling facilities could remove ...
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Grey water reuse into back of toilet?

If I remember correctly, adding water to the back of the toilet storage tank will cause the level in the toilet to rise(after the next flush). I have a dehumidifier now, and am wondering about ...
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Dispose of sensitive paperwork

Over several months I have accumulated a stack of mail that I need to dispose of. I have a shredder, but it can only run for a few minutes before needing to cool down and it would take hours to shred ...
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How to clean out a peanut butter jar for recycling?

Peanut butter is sticky. It takes several gallons of hot soapy water to wash it out so that it is ready for recycling. Is there a better way to do this?