How to Recycle Properly After Your Home Renovation

How to Recycle Properly After Your Home Renovation
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    People all over the country are renovating their homes all the time.

    Entertaining space and other modern elements are becoming increasingly popular and important to homeowners, and they are demolishing their current spaces to get their desired look.

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Luxury kitchens, spa-like bathrooms, and open-concept living rooms are beautiful, but they require quite a bit of demolition to achieve. According to Home Advisor, more than 30% of landfill waste comes from home renovation projects. So much of that waste can be spared if homeowners properly recycled after they have finished with their remodels.

Here are some tips to help you step up your recycling game the next time you take on a home renovation project.

Donate Items

When you are demo-ing your home, try to take special care of items that can be reused. You can donate so many features of your home so that someone else can make them brand new. Kitchen cabinets, old appliances, hardware, light fixtures, doors, and even drywall that is still in good shape.

Reuse Items

The same items you can donate can also be used in your own home. Save your old kitchen cabinets and use them for storage in your garage. Nails and screws should always be saved because you never know when you’ll need those little guys. You can take unused drywall and use it for so many other projects

Watch Your Paint

Paint is one of the biggest contributors when it comes to home renovation waste. There are ways to eliminate its burden, though. You can buy eco-friendly paint that doesn’t contain harsh compounds or oils. It also helps to not buy more paint than you think you’ll need, so you won’t have a lot left over. You can also donate unused paint.

Use Repurposed Materials in Your Renovation

The rustic look is very popular right now, and recycled materials are perfect for projects like that. Reclaimed wood, antique furniture, and recycled brick are often used to emulate the rustic charm, and they are incredibly eco-friendly. You can also purchase eco-friendly features like LED lights, solar panels, and high-efficiency appliances to help reduce your carbon footprint.

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Work With Professions

Never forget that there are teams of people in your town that work specifically with recycling. Research recycling programs in your area and sign up with someone who will help you dispose of your materials after your renovation.

Many programs even include pick up, so you don’t even have to take your recyclable waste somewhere yourself.

Fortunately, people are starting to care more about the environment. Roughly 88% of Americans feel that taking care of the planet is very important. This hopefully means that more action will be taken to reduce unnecessary waste being thrown into landfills around the nation. It all starts at home, so do your part and recycle after your reno!

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