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Recycle And Reclaim Materials From Home Renovation 5

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Remodeling your kitchen, bathroom, or entire home creates a lot of waste, but did you know you can recycle much of it? Here’s how.

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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.

Have you recycled a big part of your home? Tell us your story in the comments!

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  • laural a. 8 months ago
    Our hardwood floor came out of a house that was going to be remodeled. The kitchen cabinets from a house that was getting demolished. And lastly our stockade fence from a woman that was selling her house and wanted it gone before she listed the house
  • Joyce A. 8 months ago
    We're planning major renovations to our house in the next few years. I want to make sure that we don't add to the contamination and trashing of our home, our planet, Mama Earth. We have lived in the only house we have ever owned now for almost 30 years and this is going to be our very first major remodel. I want to make it as green as possible so we are going to research every step of the way.
  • Michael C. 8 months ago
    Whenever I need something I check FB Market place or Craigslist so that I can get a bargain and help reduce landfill waste. Same goes for when I want to get rid of something - offering it for a deep discount, or Free helps keep items and construction materials out of the waste stream.
  • Donna C. 8 months ago
    We recycled our barley used items to the ReStore. In our area. They are even able to pick up your larger Items. Great.
  • NAncy Lee B. 8 months ago
    If you happen to be in NYC Big Reuse in Brooklyn is a place that specializes in things like this
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