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Everywhere people are considering new ways to be resourceful and reduce waste. It turns out conservation of resources can go far beyond traditional notions of recycling household items: You can recycle parts of the house itself!
With the right approach — and some planning — much more can be recycled. For instance, lots of debris and leftover materials from construction and home renovations is valuable and can be reclaimed or recycled for future use.
Construction and renovation waste is a big opportunity: There is a lot of it. In fact, home renovations and debris from building construction in the US account for a stockpile of scrap that could build a wall thirty feet wide and thirty feet thick around the entire country!
Over seventy percent of the trash produced from construction and remodeling projects could be recycled. That means a huge amount of material and energy could be saved, as newly manufactured building materials require more energy to produce than recycled ones.
The other benefit of recycling building materials is that homeowners looking to spruce up their place can find lots of great materials at a fraction of the price of new building products.
Check out this infographic to learn more!
How to go about recycling material from construction and remodeling.
A good place to start is to look into contractors and remodeling companies who make waste-reduction an integral part of their operations. Also, find organizations near you that accept gently used appliances and construction materials. One version of this idea is Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores, which exist in many major cities throughout the country.
Construction debris accounts for a lot of landfill space in the United States, but by being purposeful and smart about how we use materials, we can change that. Whether you’re giving your home a facelift or getting rid of a refrigerator, remember to think of your reuse (and recycling) options before sending anything to the landfill.