6 Ways to Remove Renovation Waste
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Apr 29, 2015
6 Ways to Remove Renovation Waste. Anyone who has done home renovations in the past can tell you how much garbage and waste this kind of work generates. From the debris you pull out from the floor and walls to the surplus materials you don’t end up using, expect there to be hundreds of pounds of garbage and scrap material left over.
Anyone who has done home renovations in the past can tell you how much garbage and waste this kind of work generates. From the debris you pull out from the floor and walls to the surplus materials you don’t end up using, expect there to be hundreds of pounds of garbage and scrap material left over.
Getting rid of this renovation waste is a necessary part of the renovation process, which means you’ll want to start considering your options before the renovations even take place.
> Set Items Aside for Donation: One of the best ways to deal with renovation waste is to start using a well-organized process right from the start. Lots of items can be reused (bathtubs, kitchen cupboards, carpet, light fixtures, windows, etc.), and should be removed and stored carefully so they can be donated to places like Habitat for Humanity. In some cases, these organizations will even come pick up the items for you and provide tax deductible receipts. Call around to find out who takes used home renovation items and their requirements for donation.
> Reuse Your Own Items: Not everything has to be donated to an outside organization to be helpful. Consider ways to reuse your own waste, including using that extra wood and plastic to make a greenhouse, crafting garden boxes out of discarded two-by-fours, or turning your old claw-foot bathtub into yard art.
> Recycle Valuables: Copper pipes, metal tubing, and other items may be worth something if you take them to a recycling plant. Although you’re not likely to get rich replacing your old copper plumbing with a new system, you can help defray some of your renovation costs.
> Hazardous Waste: Many types of materials are hazardous (and illegal) to dispose of in the garbage. Paint, older types of caulk and insulation, aerosols, batteries, and almost all electronics/appliances require a special process. You may have to hire someone to haul these types of substances away or make special arrangements with your waste management provider.
> Rent a Garbage: Ever see a large, industrial-sized dumpster outside a residential home or in a construction zone? Chances are they rented it to use during renovations. Although they aren’t the prettiest yard decoration, having a large bin where you can toss all your garbage is a great way to handle your renovation waste. And because the companies come and haul the dumpster away for you, you don’t have to worry about hauling your own trash to the dump.
> Hire a Hauling Service: If you didn’t have the foresight (or funds) to rent a dumpster, you can still hire a hauling company to take away your debris. They often pull in with a truck, load everything up for you, and drive it away.
Of course, the main option you have is to simply remove the waste yourself. If you have a truck or other vehicle capable of carrying heavy loads, you can take regular trips to the dump to dispose of your waste. Although this is one of the most cost-effective ways to dispose of renovation waste, it does tend to take up quite a bit of your time (and muscle power).