Sunday Morning Tip for Aug 01: What to Do With Waste From Major Renovations

<span>Sunday Morning Tip for Aug 01:</span> What to Do With Waste From Major Renovations
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    Renovating a home can be tons of fun until you have to dispose of the leftover waste materials.

    While you may be tempted to simply throw them away, keep in mind that construction-related materials are responsible for around a third of America's waste buildup.


Therefore, you should be strategic in how you get rid of the things in your home that you no longer want. If you don’t know where to begin, here are some environmentally-friendly waste management tips.

Try Upcycling

While all materials cannot be reused, you can upcycle various parts of certain unwanted items. For instance, if you’re getting rid of old appliances, you can scrap certain parts and keep others. Washers and dryers are abundant in recyclable materials such as copper.

Copper recycling can be used in some DIY decor or given to someone who can clean it and reuse it for electronics. Copper is a valuable type of metal because of its heat and electrical conductivity. The versatility of copper allows it to be used to create an abundance of different electronics.

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You can do the same with wooden fixtures. Instead of throwing away your wall trimmings, consider finding creative ways to reuse them. Consider sanding or staining the extra wood and use it to create a small piece of furniture.

Donate Your Major Appliances

Instead of breaking them down for parts, you may be able to simply donate your major appliances. You may have a refrigerator or dishwasher in great working condition that someone you know can use.

Some consignment shops also accept used appliances. If you want to get them off of your property for free, give them away to someone that is willing to pick them up from your home.

Host a Yard Sale

Hosting a yard sale is another great way to get rid of anything you may not need for your home. Take some time to determine the value of your belongings so that you can come up with a fair price.

Organize the items you have for sale will make it much easier for customers to find what they are looking for. You will be able to get rid of your unwanted items while earning a small amount of money in the process.

Hire a Recycling Company

The materials that cannot be given away can be recycled. This is the most ethical way to eliminate waste during your renovation process. If you feel overwhelmed by having to recycle the materials, hire your local recycling company to do the work for you.

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They offer large recycling containers that hold large quantities of waste at an affordable price. If you throw away items that cannot be recycled, the company will get rid of the waste in the most sustainable way possible. This is also the perfect solution for recycling large items like furniture that you don’t have time to break down and put into smaller bins.

Large home renovation projects result in lots of waste. If your appliances are in working condition, consider donating them to loved ones or consignment shops.

You should also get rid of the items you cannot use in the most sustainable way possible, like recycling. Practicing waste elimination that benefits our environment will help us and the generations that follow live better lives.

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