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How to Dispose of Construction and Renovation Waste

When it comes to home renovations and projects, many things typically come to mind. While your main focus is on the new design to achieve your dream home, you also need to remember that your project is going to generate a lot of material to manage in an environmentally responsible manner. Unsure of how to properly manage your construction material? Here are a few tips to consider:

1. Donate Your Renovation Waste

You know the saying; one person’s trash is another person’s treasure! Your old table with the chips in it could be the exact rustic look your neighbor is going for. Or, the scrap materials from your project may be exactly what a friend needs to complete their own home renovation. Before you immediately think to throw something away, think to yourself, can someone else use these materials?

If the items you are looking to get rid of are still in good condition, then you should find a drop-off center nearby. Check out your local area for organizations and the rules regarding the donation process. Many towns operate municipal drop off centers for furniture, white goods (washers, dryers, refrigerators, dish washers), fixtures and other materials. In some towns, residents may take these items if they are in proper condition or working order.

It is important to keep donations in mind during your new construction and renovation process. You want to make sure that you keep items that can be donated in good condition! So, make sure as things are moved and replaced that you are cautious on how they are handled.

2. Leave it to the Professionals

If you are unsure of how to manage new construction and renovation waste, it’s best to trust the professionals. Before proceeding with your project and hiring a contractor, be sure you select someone who will look to recycle as much material as possible. New construction and renovation generates highly recyclable material such as clean wood (2 x 4 studs), painted and stained wood, drywall, roofing shingles, etc. Contractors are normally very knowledgeable about managing such materials as opposed to simply disposing of them at a landfill or incinerator. Also, be sure to be very clear with your contractor on the scope of your project – exactly what you want done – so your requirements are met and nothing gets left behind. This may seem like an obvious notion, but it is easy to forget certain things. It happens more often than you might think.

3. Do it Yourself Projects

If you have the experience and energy to tackle new construction and renovation projects yourself, you probably need container services. Utilizing a roll-off dumpster is a popular way to remove your waste. Usually a dumpster supplier (like Bayshore) can recommend either a 10, 20, 30 or 40 cubic yard dumpster depending on the scope of your project. Before renting a dumpster, make sure your property can contain it and decide where you want it. If you select your driveway, make sure the dumpster provider takes precautions to make sure there is no damage. Simply using wooden blocks like railroad ties under the container will help ensure that the metal dumpster doesn’t dig into your driveway and leave marks or depressions. If you don’t have a driveway or your property isn’t big enough, you can always contact your town/city and ask for a permit to put the container in the street while you load the debris. Also discuss with your dumpster provider the option of your container going to a licensed material recovery facility to recycle as much of the debris as possible.

Renovation Waste Removal in New Jersey

If you are completing a new construction or renovation project in New Jersey, your best bet is to contact the professionals at Bayshore Recycling: (732) 738-6000. As leaders in the recycling and waste management industries, we will ensure that all of your renovation waste is properly managed.