If you are demolishing your home and you don't want to just throw all the materials into the landfill, you may want to figure out how to recycle as much as possible. There are numerous options when it comes to demolition material recycling. Here's a look at just some of the items you may want to recycle and how to do that.
1. Anything Reusable in Its Current Condition
Before starting the demolition process, you should go through the home and pull out anything that is reusable in its current condition. That includes appliances, light fixtures, sinks, toilets, doors and cabinets, but it can also include carpet and even tiles depending on their condition. Also, keep an eye out for little items such as door knobs and hardware that could be reused.
You can put this stuff out on the kerb with a free sign, or you can donate it to a charity shop that specialises in old building supplies.
2. Anything That Could be Reclaimed
The popularity of reclaiming certain old building supplies for new projects seems to still be growing. Depending on your home, there may be multiple elements that are perfect for reclaiming. If you have an old home or a barn on the property, the exterior wood may be able to be replaced before the demolition. Then, the new owner can make anything from a table to wood paneling for their wall.
Other items that may be candidates for reclaiming include old windows, stained or leaded glass window panes and old wood planks from floors. To recycle those items, you may want to contact a company that specialises in selling those types of products. In some cases, they may give you cash for your items, but in other cases, they may just take them for free. Either way, you save those items from going to the landfill.
Old concrete can also be reused. If you have a concrete foundation, a driveway you're ripping up, or even a concrete floor, you can recycle that concrete. You don't have to worry about keeping it intact. Small pieces of rubble can be used to form patios and walking paths around your home. If you don't have a use for the old concrete, you may want to put an ad online to try to find someone to take it from you.
To learn more about which parts of your home can be recycled or about how to handle the recycling process, you may want to contact a demolition material recycling specialist.