3 Ways to Dispose of Renovation Waste
If you enjoy do-it-yourself home improvement projects, you may generate some waste as you update your home. Wondering what to do with the unneeded materials? Here are some tips to help you responsibly dispose of renovation waste.
1. Donate It
If unwanted construction materials are still usable, consider donating them to a local nonprofit, BobVila.com says.
You may also be able to donate working appliances to a resale organization, according to This Old House. In addition to removing unneeded items from your home, you may help support a nonprofit and allow your appliances to find new homes in the process.
Leftover materials, such as tongue-and-groove floorboards, may also be accepted at resale shops or a local salvaged wood dealer, says This Old House.
2. Repurpose or Recycle It
Scrap metal and broken tools can be fused together to form one-of-a-kind décor, such as garden ornaments, suggests BobVila.com.
If repurposing isn’t your thing, consider selling unwanted metals, including appliances, for scrap, This Old House says. In addition to getting the materials removed, you may make a little money.
Carpeting is not biodegradable, which means it won’t break down in a landfill. If you have old carpet you need to get rid of, visit the nonprofit Carpet America Recovery Effort’s website to see if there’s a company near you that can recycle or reuse it. You may be charged a fee for this service.
Not sure where to take your recyclable materials? Earth911.com provides a tool to help you find facilities near you.
3. Trash It
If your discarded materials are not salvageable or recyclable, throwing them out may be your last option.
If your home renovation project generated more waste than you can have picked up by your routine service, you may have to arrange a special bulk pickup at an additional cost, says HomeAdvisor. Alternatively, you can hire a junk removal company to haul away the waste. Or, if you have a large enough vehicle, you may be able to save some money by transporting the materials to a landfill yourself, HomeAdvisor suggests. You may have to pay a fee to dump your materials.
A do-it-yourself home improvement project can be rewarding, but may also leave a mess behind. By removing construction waste responsibly, you can focus on enjoying your newly renovated space.
Originally published on May 15, 2014.