Managing Waste During a House Renovation


Some of us enjoy doing do-it-yourself projects. Whether it is repurposing an old bed or hairdresser, remodeling the kitchen, replacing the ceiling or renovating the house, there is always an unpleasant by-product of these activities which is the renovation waste.

Materials such as glass, roofs, insulation, old plaster pipes, wood and wood dust could be spilling from your garage to your front yard and onto the sidewalk. Apparently, house construction and renovation involves a lot of waste.

So, how can you efficiently manage and dispose of renovation waste? Read on to find tips from the PRO.

  • Establish your waste management plan first to identify the quantities and types of waste your renovation project will produce. It could include the original building materials, potential waste from the work site, packaging of newly purchase materials candidates for reuse and recycle.
  • Check if the local recycling facilities near you can handle the materials on your list.
  • You can also get the help of professional contractors who specialized in waste diversion and offer recycling options.
  • Next, search for local networks to find out the resources of sustainable use of demolition debris. Diverting the waste from landfills can significantly reduce the project’s environmental impact and help you save on expenses from disposal fees.

Donate Materials

Once you already identified the materials to reuse and recycle, contact the nearest recycling facility or redistribution center to ask if you can drop off the salvaged materials. Your castoffs could be someone else’s treasure. An old fridge, mirror, chair or drawers might perfectly work for other people.

If these items are still in good condition, but you no longer want them, donate them. Various drop-off centers take different things like cabinets, working appliances, light fixtures, counter tops, windows and others that can be reused.

Likewise, various government and non-government organizations will also accept donations, but it is best to check their websites to comply with their rules and requirements. Old carpets can be recycled or reclaimed by local companies who offer such service.


To help you save on cash on waste disposal, why not haul some of the waste yourself? You can donate everything for sure. Thus, it will be beneficial to know where are the local landfill and waste transfer station in your area.

Remember, different materials may require you to drop them off the various stations or landfills. Thus, separate the waste before you drive over. Not all landfills accept large appliances, metal scraps, insulations and old gadget or computers.

Seek Professional Help

Fortunately, you have different ways to choose from such as seeking professional help to remove and manage renovation waste. Discuss with the waste service provider all your concerns and give them an overview of the type and amount of waste that you can accumulate.

  1. One of the inexpensive options is to use your garbage collection service. However, ask the local garbage collection first to know where you can drop off bulk waste.
  2. Contact service providers and ask for quotations so you can maximize your savings. Many of them offer free quoting of services according to duration and scale of the project.
  3. If you have a small to medium sized waste disposal to handle, perhaps try using a collapsible trash bin. It can hold a significant amount of renovation waste and gives you the advantage of scheduling a pickup service. However, it could be pricier than the first two options since you must pay for the bin and the pickup service.

These are some of the most cost-effective methods to deal with renovation waste. You don’t need to spend a fortune managing them. You just must establish a solid waste management plan and stick to it. Likewise, it requires research and communication on your part to ensure that all the waste generated from your renovation project will be disposed of accordingly.