From the floors in the kitchen to the sinks in the bathrooms of your home, every home components comes together to create a place to live. When you decide that it is time to make some changes to your residential property through renovation, you will be looking at completely getting rid of a lot of these components. Unfortunately, this also means that you will be dealing with a lot of trash going into your rented dumpsters at the end of the day. If you consider yourself an environmentally conscious person, this whole idea of load after load of waste is bound to be unsettling. Thankfully, there are some fairly easy ways to reduce how much waste you have throughout the home renovation project.
Pass on what you don't need that is still usable.
What is it you will be pulling out of your home? Could it still serve a purpose for someone else? If you are like a lot of homeowners during a renovation, your answer to the first question will be many things and your answer to the second question will be a definite yes. Things that others would find valuable that would normally be thrown away during a renovation include:
- interior or exterior doors
- old wood flooring
- sinks, tubs, and other bathroom fixtures
- cabinetry and vanities
- laminate flooring
- functional appliances
- old windows
Remember, a lot of construction materials can be recycled.
Most carpet is made from primarily plastic, which is recyclable. Wood pieces that seem to no longer have a purpose can be recycled into particle board and other wood products. Even a metal plumbing line can be recycled. Make sure before you throw anything away during the renovation, you contact your local recycling center to find out whether the material could be recycled instead of trashed. Visit a site like http://www.waredisposal.com for more information.
Reuse and repurpose when you can.
Just because a certain material is no longer going be used in a certain part of your home, does not mean it cannot be used in another process somewhere else in the house. For example, if your home renovation involves tearing down a wooden porch, the lumber here could be put to use if you are boxing in a new room in your unfinished basement. You could even transition small things, like light fixtures or baseboard trim, to a new space and achieve a totally new look. Imagine using a chandelier from your old dining room as your new patio light or the wooden baseboard trim from your den to create molding around the ceiling in a new office space.