I have a confession to make: I love HGTV. I can sit and watch as a couple looks at a house after house, trying to find the one with a pool, open floor plan, and ceilings so high you could skydive from them for way less than it’s actually worth.
I grew up in a family of contractors so terms like crown molding and Colonial style have been in my vocabulary since I was tiny. That also explains why my all-time favorite HGTV shows are the ones about a renovation. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a house full of puke green tile and suspiciously stained carpeting turned into a masterpiece made specifically for the couple, all within their “low” budget.
There’s been a running theme within those reno shows lately. Hosts are recycling more of the old materials than in the past. Some even have warehouses full of doors, windows, and wood waiting to be used on their next project. This, of course, is great! But, it also leaves open a question for all the non-contractors out there: what do you do with all your renovation debris if you don’t have a warehouse on hand to store it all for future use?
Lucky for you, the answers are pretty easy.
Repurpose or Reuse
This will require some careful planning and forethought, but a lot of reno waste can be reused on the spot. Cabinets may need nothing more than new staining or paint and hardware. Wood can be turned into a table or used to make an island. Smaller, scrap pieces can be great fillers for landscaping or masonry.
There’s no need to recycle or dispose of something that is being reused and it can make your project even more special.
Donate or Sell
If you want to get technical, this is also reusing or repurposing. There is probably someone out there who needs those materials and will put them to good use. Websites like Craigslist, Freecycle, and even the Facebook Marketplace are great places to list unwanted items. You can specify whether you’re willing to deliver if you need it gone within a certain timeframe or any other important details.
Earth911 also has a handy tool that can find you donation centers around your zip code for everything from brick to appliances to drywall. Don’t forget about Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore locations, either. Your old materials could be used to build a home for someone in need.
Contact American Disposal Services, Inc.
If you’re unable to reuse or donate your renovation debris, we can help. It may be as simple as needing a bulk pickup for that old stovetop or a few extra bags of waste. That can be arranged fairly quickly leaving you to get back to enjoying your new project.
If your project is larger and could create more than a few extra bags of debris, you may need a temporary roll-off container. ADSI has a wide range of sizes that can be tailored to meet your project’s needs. We can walk you through the process and help ensure the disposal of your renovation debris is the least of your worries. Request-a-Quote today and we’ll get that process started!
No matter how big your renovation is, dealing with the debris can sometimes fall to the back of your mind until you’re standing in front of a yard full of old items you have no idea what to do with. Plan ahead and avoid adding an extra headache. If you do make something cool out of those old materials or want to show off your renovation, tag us on social media! We would love to ooh and aah over it!