When you see home renovations occur and witness the large amount of demolition being taken away, you might believe that all the waste goes to the landfill. But you may be surprised that a large portion heads to recycling centers.
But whether you are making improvements to stay in the home for a long time or simply house flipping to get the most out of your investment, there are things you need to know about recycling the demolition waste.
What Items Can Be Recycled?
The answer is that many of the items being replaced can be recycled. A short list of the items that you can donate to recycling includes the following:
- Appliances, Bathroom, Kitchen, and Lighting Fixtures, and Cabinets
- Bricks, Ceiling Tiles, and Carpeting
- Dimensional Lumber, Doors, and Ductwork
- Flooring, Insulation, and Landscape
- Marble, Metal Frames, and Plywood
- Paneling, Pipes, and Siding
- Stone, Tile, and Trim along with Antique Molding
- Toilets, Windows, Wood Beams & Posts, and More
There are many basic items and materials that can also be recycled from the waste generated from the remodeling. This includes asphalt, concrete, drywall, metal, wood, window glass, and even dirt and vegetation.
To Donate, Recycle, or Sell?
There is a difference between recycling used items and donating them. Typically, donated items are those that can still be used by other people with little to no repair needed. While the list of donated items can be large, the most typical for most home renovations include the following:
- Bathtubs, Toilets, & Sinks
- Cabinets, Doors, and Windows
- Working Appliances, Lighting, & Handles
- Lumber, Tiles, and Wood Flooring
You can donate these items as part of your home renovation. Plus, any items that are intact and can be used again should be considered for donation purposes.
If the items are valuable enough and in-demand, you can sell them directly. While you may not get as much as you paid for them originally, it can help reduce the cost of the home renovation. The most obvious online places to sell used items are Craigslist and eBay, but you may find online sites that sell locally for items that may be difficult to ship.
Keep in mind that if it costs more to sell than to donate, you are better off donating.
Where to Find Recycling & Donation Centers?
Everything starts with your local resources. Check out what recycling and donation centers are in your community. A few of the national organizations include the following.
- Building Materials Reuse Association
- Construction & Demolition Recycling Association
- Freecycle Network
- Habitat for Humanity ReStores
You can also check with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and your local and state governments for places to recycle or donate such items.
Whether you engage in home renovations to stay in your residence for the rest of your life or are house flipping a property you just purchased, recycling the demolition and waste is necessary. Not only to protect the environment but to get the most out of your renovation efforts without spoiling the community where you live.
Contact Brickley Environmental Today
With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental include the following.
- Asbestos Abatement
- Mold Remediation
- Lead-Based Paint Removal
- Hazardous Waste Removal
If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.