What To Throw Away and What To Recycle From Your Renovation

What To Throw Away and What To Recycle From Your Renovation
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    Renovating your home is a great way to improve its form and function, but you might be left with quite a bit of debris following any type of major project.

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Recycling some of those materials could streamline the demo process and potentially even make you a little money along the way.

Masonry

Many people are surprised to hear that masonry is actually quite easy to recycle, and some states even require contractors to recycle some or all of the masonry that they remove.

When those materials are recycled, they are typically broken down into a very fine powder before being formed into bricks and tiles.

You might even have a local organization that will pick up your old masonry pieces for free.

Appliances

Recycling home appliances can actually be a tricky task, and that is why most people prefer to donate those items.

As long as your appliances are still working, you might want to contact local non-profits to see if they will pick them up for free.

If they are damaged and can’t be repaired, then you will need to contact your local waste removal company to learn more about their policies regarding appliance removal and recycling.

Metals

When it comes to recycling, metal tends to be one of the most popular materials. Most non-ferrous metals can be recycled, and you might even receive some money for them. That type of metal can often be found in old wiring, kitchenware, fittings, and auto parts.

Copper recycling is one of the most common metals for recycling. Part of the reason it’s commonly recycled is that it is one of the more valuable metals in a home.

To see if you have recyclable metal in your home, you should call a local recycling company and ask for additional information. Recycling your unneeded metal could help you pay for some of the expenses involved with your home renovation.

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Drywall

Gypsum drywall is a very popular building material, and it is often one of the first things that is replaced during a home renovation. For a larger home project, you could end up pulling out hundreds of pounds of drywall from your home.

While that material can’t be recycled in every city, there are a few larger companies that are currently recycling massive amounts of gypsum. Searching for a gypsum recycling company in your area could help you get rid of mountains of debris that would have to be thrown away otherwise.

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Wood

Wood is one of the most common products used in homes and is often the framing used for renovations. However, compared to other products like masonry, you can’t shred wood and then recreate wood to be used for framing so it isn’t commonly recycled.

There are some wood recyclers, however, that take used wood and turn it into gardening products or even use it for creating laminated boards after shredding the pieces of wood.

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Before placing your extra wood pieces in the waste bin, consider reaching out to local tree shredding companies to see what they do with their wood and who they work with to recycle it.

Contacting your waste management company is one of the best ways to learn more about what is recyclable. Spending a little extra time learning more about recycling could make your next renovation project much less stressful.

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