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Where can i get 12,211 cubic feet of packing peanuts cheap?


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#1 haun

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 03:09 AM

For our senior prank in 2 years (this needs a head start), me and my friend thought of putting packing peanuts about 1 foot deep in the entire main hall (~12,211 square feet) and i was wondering if you guys had any ideas

Ok so i have done some searching and here are the results:

Main hall ~12211 cubic feet

uline.com: ~650 (20') bags @ $16,250 (~73.86 per person)

ashleydistributors.com: ~873 (14') @ $11,305.35 (~51.38 per person

or get them free from stores who would just dispose of them

~http://www.uline.com/BL_2003/Uline-Industrial-Peanuts

~http://www.ashleydistributors.com/cushioning.php


i would like to not to pay $10k for a senior prank. the cheaper and bigger the better, thanks

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 08:46 AM

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You have to be Joking?

Get a Life, Mate!

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 09:31 AM

I agree with Abucus.

Packing peanuts are made with Polystyrene, which is petroleum based.
Styrene is a carcinogen. Yes there are a lot of things which are also carcinogen's, and what you want to do is expose
the people in your school to another one.

According to the EPA, "Short-term exposure to styrene can cause eye and mucous membrane irritation, and gastrointestinal harm". http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/styrene.html The amount of these things you want to use could cause harm to someone else.

Then there is the fact that all those packing peanuts have to be disposed of. Most likely they will be tossed in the trash and end up in a landfill, where they will sit for a long time because styrofoam is slow to decompose-it could take 100 years or more before it decomposes.

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 09:46 AM

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Really upset them all?

Just put GreenPeace Stickers every where, all Free.

You could do the same with Democrate or Rebublican Stickers or all of them? That may give a more positive Message? Kids need to be Heard, but in a nice way? Use up the Waste from the Election?

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 10:27 AM

On the plus side I'm glad to see that you did indeed learn some things at your school, like how to calculate volume. As well as learn how to calculate cost per unit. So I have faith in our school system. But I do have some concerns that I don't think you factored into your over all plan.

Don't forget the cost of storing while collecting, and method of transporting said peanuts. Not to mention the arrest and charges with breaking and entering and willful criminal mischief. As well as the potential fine of having to pay for disposal of said peanuts.

Sure it sounds funny and like a harmless prank. But the cause and effect is what is far too often overlooked in the planning and implementation, of these types of acts.

Good luck with your plan.

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 10:37 AM

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#7 haun

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 11:02 AM

several things.

1) we can get in to the school without breaking in. our janitors would let us in. last years senior prank was zip tieing all the lockers shut. ALL of them. they had to be in at around 5 am to do that,

2) senior didnt get in trouble for anything, since it has to be authorized by school officials

3) We already have a place to store and a way to transport said peanuts

4) I dont think people are going to get lung cancer from of foot of packing peanuts on the , in fact my BIGGEST concern is that peopl in wheel chairs may have a problem. not cancer. last year all the prank stuff was gone by the first class

5) Although i didnt think of the disposal, we could buy bio-degradable peanuts for a few more bucks a cubic foot and just leave them out side, or craigs list them for a few bucks a cubic foot, or as my friend just said: i bet we could do this in college

side note: i get the impression you people think we are idiots, no. EVERY senior prank has to be coordinated with the janitors and the principal people.
this isnt my first walk around the prank block.

Edited by haun, 16 August 2009 - 11:07 AM.

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 11:23 AM

In terms of hazards, crutches and canes would have a worse time than wheel-chairs I think.

If you do decide to go through with it, how about sweeping all the packing peanuts up and taking them to the local recycling/reuse center? Our recycling center collects them for folks who wish to use them - so in fact the packing peanuts get reused.

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 11:25 AM

id totaly recycle them. they are quite useful (as see here)
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Posted 16 August 2009 - 11:35 AM

Maybe you did not see this in my previous post:

"Short-term exposure to styrene can cause eye and mucous membrane irritation, and gastrointestinal harm"

Even a few minutes of exposure is all that is needed.

You also said

my BIGGEST concern is that peopl in wheel chairs may have a problem


It seems you are advocating an additional barrier for those who use wheel chairs. It's not easy or fun to be in a wheel chair, yet you want to make things more difficult for them. Of course, with that many peanuts they won't be able to manuever their chairs down the hall. In fact, it will be hard to walk down the hall.

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 11:39 AM

It also occurs to me that you might be able to get a fair number from the reuse/recycling center to begin with. Of course if you are storing them for 2 years, that means that other folks can't use them.

A motto from Wisconsin: Reduce, reuse, recycle

Another note: There are folks who have chemical sensitivities. I know I can't stand the smell of Styrofoam. My dad wanted to keep a bunch of packing peanuts to use for insulation, but the smell alone was making me feel ill. Some of my friends become ill in the library because of the chemicals used in the carpeting and elsewhere in the building, so don't dismiss the health concerns posted here.

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 11:43 AM

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uline.com: [bio degradeable] ~1018 (12') bags @ $18,324.00 (~83.29 per person)

also the bio-degradable ones are made of corn starch,

also its not the people in wheel chairs will be angry with me that i was thinking would be the, it was that they would have a hard time getting around. Seeing as there are few people who are in wheel chair (one, and its electric) im not sure thats going to be much of a problem. still is my biggest.
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Posted 16 August 2009 - 11:50 AM

i am not. thats why we planned on only one foot, in the main hall, and not filling up the class rooms entirely (plus its cheaper)

this is only in the beginning stages, so we have time to figure stuff out.

I do understand that it can cause problems (health wise) which is why i am looking for input.
since bio-degradable is sometimes synonymous with hypo-allergenic we are looking for bio-degradable peanuts for less that $18 k total, we might as well buy a cheap car and put it in English hall

we are going to an art gallery soon to get some peanuts to do some testing (flammability, movement, and body reaction testing)

will be back soon

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 11:52 AM

uline.com: [bio degradeable] ~1018 (12') bags @ $18,324.00 (~83.29 per person)


+ shipping, + storage, + removing etc.

Sounds horribly expensive for a prank.

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 12:12 PM

An important thing to consider is the local fire code and safety code.
Hallways leading to exit doors must be uncluttered and clear so they can be used if there is an emergency requiring evacuation of the building.

Local officials could bring charges against you/the school leadership if they find out you have made it harder for people to get out of the building. And if something does happen, and people are injured or worse, criminal charges and civil lawsuits would be filed against you and the school adminstrators for allowing the prank.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 16 August 2009 - 01:25 PM.





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