You're probably thinking, "Hey man! I know the difference between paper and glass! This article is condescending, and I am insulted!" Fair, but before you toss your tablet without considering how to properly dispose of e-waste, remember that recycling rules are more complicated than you think. When you are running late and it’s your turn to make the garbage/recycling run, your super is willing to bet that violation fine that you’ll just leave your plastics and cardboards mixed. Separate your garbage and recyclables so you can save the environment, and save your super’s time.
Copy your keys
You're probably thinking, "This is like that other tip! I can totally go to a hardware store and pay to have keys made. Anyone can do that! I am further insulted." While you may be inner-monologuing the truth, not everyone is as prepared as you. It's one of those things most people always mean to do, like learn another language, but it isn’t until you are wandering alone in Manzanillo that you wish you would have paid attention in Señora Delgado’s third-period class. Don’t just “intend” to have keys made. There are places that make keys on every other block in NYC. You don’t want to be stuck at 2am asking your super to let you in because you left your keys at a bar in Bushwick.
Replace outlet covers
Your super doesn't want you digging into the electrical infrastructure of your apartment, and conveniently, you don't have the desire. But you should be able to swap out an outlet cover when it is replacing time. All you need is a new cover and a screwdriver -- the cover even has screws included, which takes all the guesswork out if it. Plus, outlet covers are standardized and can be found easily.
Tenants usually wait until cabinet doors start hanging precariously from snapped hinges before taking action -- and that action is usually looking sheepishly at the super who knows this could have been avoided. A little pre-planning saves everyone the agony of questioning whether you Incredible Hulked your pantry door when you were ravenously searching for that emergency bag of kettle-cooked jalapeño chips. Check the screws in your apartment every few months and avoid future, more costly, issues.