Recycling Waste After Remodeling: What’s Trash and What’s Not

Remodeling a house can result in a lot of waste, ranging from paint spills to scattered materials and left-over construction pieces.  If you are remodeling your house, you will soon discover that some pieces of waste might actually still be useful, while others must be disposed of immediately to avoid accidents inside the house.

When you begin nearing the end of your remodel, it’s a good idea to start thinking about how you will deal with your construction waste.  Here are some great tips to follow when determining what you should keep and reuse, what you should recycle, and what should simply be thrown away…

  • Collect all of your construction waste and group materials into piles or sections based on what needs to be thrown way, what can be recycled at home, what can be donated or given away, and what can be sold.
  • Large remaining pieces of wood can still be useful as long as they are still intact, free from termites, and durable enough for use.  You can repurpose the wood to build a new side table or headboard, for example, or even a shelf in your new room or garage.
  • Save unused paint and keep it on hand in case you need to touch up scratches later down the line or end up doing additional remodeling in the room.  If you don’t think you’ll have a use for it, offer it to a friend or neighbor who might.
  • Call waste removal contractors to pick up any construction waste that is not redeemable, and they will dispose of the materials for you and leave your property looking clean.
  • Used aluminum siding, metal, and steel materials can be sold to metal collectors and scrap metal yards, who recycle them.
  • Cardboard and paper materials can be reused in many ways, even if they have already been used. You can simply recycle them or use them to create a unique piece of art for your home.
  • Recycle trash bags and other plastic materials. You can even donate them to plastic recovery programs, which will handle it for you.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors


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