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How To Recycle Construction Waste When You Renovate Your Home

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If you're planning to renovate your home and remove drywall, sinks, flooring, or other construction materials, you probably wonder how you'll dispose of them. Maybe you've seen dumpsters in front of houses that are being remodeled and wonder if that's the right choice. What you may not know is many of the construction materials you want to get rid of can be recycled so they stay out of the landfill. Here are some tips for getting rid of construction debris when you renovate your home.

Donate What You Can

If you have building materials that are in good shape or if your old sinks, toilets, and ceiling fans are still usable, then consider donating them so others can buy them at a discounted rate when they need to remodel on a tight budget. You may find a local organization in your community that accepts building materials and household furnishings, and they may even come and pick them up. All you have to do is place your materials by the curb, and they'll be taken away, which makes donating very easy.

Rent A Dumpster For Recycling Debris

For things you need to throw out that have been demolished in the process of removing them, you'll need a dumpster. Renting a dumpster is the best choice because it is much more convenient to throw debris in a dumpster beside your house than it is to haul small loads to the dump frequently. A better reason to rent a dumpster is so the company you rent from can recycle the construction debris. When you call around for a dumpster, explain you want it for debris from a home renovation. Ask if the company recycles as much of the material as possible. Next, ask what you can't put in the dumpster so recycling is possible and easy. You'll probably be able to put concrete, asphalt, porcelain, wood, carpet, drywall, and other building materials into the dumpster together, and the company will sort them out later for proper recycling. Things you might not be allowed to throw in the dumpster include paint in cans and leftover cleaning supplies.

Understanding what can go together in the dumpster is important because if the debris is mixed with too much waste that can't be recycled, the entire load may have to go to the landfill. Plus, it's possible you could have to pay more if you fill the dumpster with things you're not supposed to. By renting a dumpster and using it properly, you'll have the perfect way to get rid of construction debris without having to haul it yourself, and you'll be helping the environment too by keeping excess waste out of the landfill. Look around online at websites like for dumpster rental companies who offer recycling options.