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How To Responsibly Dispose or Recycle Remodel Discards

Remodeling your home is a messy project. If you are a conscious person aware of the growing landfill problem, then you probably want to find the best ways to recycle or reuse your discards. This article will help you discover new ways to organize your discards that you probably haven’t thought of and re-instruct you on how to use the services that do come easily to mind.

Hire a Disposal Company

Hing a company to dispose of the renovation waste for you can take a load off, especially if you’re already attempting a lot of the renovation yourself, but it can also be expensive. There are several options to consider when considering going professional. You can use your current garbage company if you phone them and ask what their bulk pick up policies and fees are. They will likely want to know what you are discarding so be sure to have this information available. If you call a company that specializes in renovation waste removal be sure to get 3-4 quotes before selecting a service. These companies are probably the steepest of them all. A popular option is to rent a dumpster which will cost you the longer you keep it, or a collapsible trash bin that can be found at hardware stores and waste management companies and serves the same purpose. Keep reading for other ways to get rid of the discards coming from your project.

Dispose of Trash Yourself

The local “dump” is likely open to the public to bring waste, but you’ll need to call ahead of time and ask how to go about bringing your things. They might have different places to discard different materials, so you might have to organize your discarded materials before heading over with your truck fulls. This service is likely free for you, so if you don’t mind the added step, it makes a good option for smaller renovations.

Donate Usables

Things like cabinets, windows, countertops, appliances fixtures, carpet, and anything you are discarding that’s still in good condition can be someone else’s treasure. Here are a few options for donating these items:

The Re-Store

The Re-Store is a home improvement store and donation drop off center that benefits the non-profit, Habitat for Humanity. When you’re dropping off your discards, you might even find something you want to purchase for your own renovation! Before Re-Store too many renovation materials went to landfills when they could have been re-purposed for new projects. This is one of the best ways to recycle your good condition renovation discards.


Craigslist is a good place to post your renovation discards quickly. Sometimes it’s as easy as putting all the items at your curb as your project continues, putting a FREE sign on them, and then posting an ad to Craigslist listing the cross streets, and they are gone by morning. If you want money for any of the items, you’ll need to post your phone number and a more detailed description of the item.

Carpet America Recovery Effort

More information on recycling your gently used carpet with CARE can be found on carpetrecovery.org. They are the leading experts in recycling and reusing consumer carpet. They may charge you a fee to take your carpet, but the fee is likely minimal, you’re given a tax receipt for your donation, and this is a great option for those who are only replacing carpet and have no additional waste to organize removal for.