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Posted by: harrisandyou | May 25, 2015

Are you remodeling your home?

Reduce waste when remodeling your home. This is something many people do not think of when they start thinking of remodeling their homes. It is important to think ahead about what happens to the materials/discards that will be produced from your remodel.

There are salvage companies that will pick up your Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste. Some items such as bathtubs, toilets, etc. can be re-sold if they are in good condition. Habitat for Humanity has stores that sell those items and other items like windows, mirrors, doors, etc.

Separating the C&D will make it easier for pick up. Perhaps you can reuse or re-purpose an item from one room into another room. Look online for design ideas on how to do this.

The more you can reuse the less need for pick up. Items picked up are transported elsewhere which adds to greenhouse gas emissions and adds to your costs. Reusing can reduce your costs.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has information on their website and resources for recycling materials. Wood can be recycled or reused, asphalt and concrete can be ground up and reused. Be resourceful and you can find a way to safely get rid of your discards which helps you, your neighborhood and the planet.

 

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