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Questions tagged [waste]

This tag should be used for questions revolving around waste, such as how to generate certain amounts of normal or radioactive waste or how to dispose of such waste.

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Are garbage moons possible?

The civilization in question here has colonized the solar system. They have established settlements on most solid planets. Of course, a space-faring people generates plenty of trash, but they have a ...
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Would gas giants work as waste disposal sites?

In my novel, the many moons of Jupiter and Saturn have been colonized, but I'm running into some logistical problems - namely, waste disposal. My first instinct was to dump it on-moon; while this is ...
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Could a junkyard be provide a better-than-average basis for habitation after the apocalypse? [closed]

So, some people go to an average sized junkyard, after a total nuclear war just ended. They decide to make the junkyard home, and even name it “Junk City”. Cut to a few centuries later and it becomes ...
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Is it possible for a creature to regurgitate all waste products in the form of a pellet?

I am designing a rather sizable (~ 2000 kg) carnivorous predatory species and I want it to expel all the waste it produces in the form of dry, compacted pellets (similar to owl pellets, except of ...
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How might a modern culture wanting to avoid excess trash deal with individually wrapped servings? [closed]

I like cheese. But I'm also absent-minded enough that I'll not think to grab a serving from the refrigerator for days, and lazy enough that I'll sometimes skip a snack so that I don't have to pull out ...
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What would generate barrels full of toxic (radioactive) liquid waste

I've a setting where some abandoned facility that was run by a joint venture of the military and a high-tech company, has its direct surrounding, outside the facility, littered with barrels full of a ...
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How can waste be disposed of in an isolated system?

I have in mind a world where a small colony of humans are isolated within a cylindrical force field in a desolate land of clay. With no tools their only option is to dig and, upon finding food (...
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Space - the ultimate landfill [closed]

The year is 2060. Plastic waste and other types of solid waste have filled up the planet's landfills. A solution is proposed: load up more than 95% of solid waste on Earth on to a space shuttle and ...