Tackling a big renovation, remodel, or new construction project? If so, you are probably already thinking about what you will do for trash removal. Construction projects are notorious for the waste that they create.
While renting a dumpster to haul off your trash is an easy solution, it is not the greenest solution. It can also get expensive. By finding ways to recycle your construction and demo (C&D) materials, you can reduce the amount of trash you have. Not only is this better for the environment, but it can also save you a lot of money. It can also help you get green certifications that can help you please your clients, meet regulations, or improve the resale value of your project.
One of the best ways to save money on a renovation is to reuse materials when possible. Make a demo list and compare it to your supply list. Are there things you can reuse on this project? Are there things you should save for a future project. Do not be afraid to think creatively; one of our clients turned an outdated light fixture into a unique hanging planter with some spray paint and heavy-duty cord.
You may be surprised to learn that many local charities may want your C&D waste. Local building charities like Habitat for Humanity may be able to recycle things like cabinets, windows, doors, and other items that are in good condition. Resale shops take appliances and furnishings. If you are clearing out personal items, they can be sold as well. Some charities may even come to your location and remove these items at no-cost to you. The hidden bonus? You might even get a tax deduction from these donations!
Find out what can be recycled and designate it for recycling. Your area recycling centers may actually take more products than they take in their recycling pickup, so contact them for more information. Make a plan for your recycling after finding out about local rules. This may mean separating waste on-site or cleaning waste before placing it in your recycling container. To make things easier, you may want to get a recycling dumpster and a trash dumpster.
Even if you have a big project, you can reduce waste by thinking small. If you are working with perishable items in your project, deliver supplies in smaller batches and limit how many items are open. These small steps can go a long way towards eliminating waste from damage to your items.