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Remodelling can be a time-consuming operation. It usually starts with demolition, which entails removing the original structure of the home to be remodelled. Walls, doors, and lighting fixtures can need to be removed. It may also mean tearing down whole rooms and roof parts.

Broken bricks, shingles, drywall, wood, and metal often end up in landfills. Contractors throw away unneeded drywall, wood, tubing, and other materials during the construction process, which can result in a lot of waste.

The good news for this is that there is an alternative. These products may frequently be donated and/or recycled, providing double environmental value. You’re not only holding them out of the landfill, but you’re also reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the production of new products. Many building materials can be recycled or reused to the extent of 85-90%.

You will also be able to subtract the value of the donated materials from your income, much as you would with donations of used clothes, toys, or household items. If you’re planning a big demolition project and want to donate a lot of materials, you will need to get the house appraised first.

The demolition process will be different if you intend to donate and recycle the majority of the building materials. It entails piecemeal demolition of the current building, so it must be meticulously prepared ahead of time.

Which parts of your Demolition Home can be Recycled or Donated?

There’s a lot more to recycling and reusing than you would think. Any objects in the house that are still in good working order can be donated and reused elsewhere:

  • Bathroom Fixtures
  • Appliances
  • Shutters
  • Bricks and Siding
  • Ceiling Tiles
  • Carpeting
  • Ducts
  • Doors, Screens, and Windows
  • Insulation
  • Flooring and Tiles
  • Lighting Fixtures
  • Paneling
  • Landscaping Materials
  • Flagstone and Marble
  • Wooden Beams and Decking
  • Trim and Antique Modelling
  • HVAC equipment
  • Blinds and Window Treatments
  • Water Heaters
  • Mirrors and other Bathroom Vanities

Some components can be recycled and repurposed into new ones:

  • Wood
  • Metals
  • Window Glass
  • Drywall
  • Land Clearing Debris
  • Fluorescent Lights
  • Shingles
  • Asphalt
  • Concrete
  • Carpet and Carpet Pad

There’s no excuse not to look into donating any of the items in your house. It benefits you, your wallet, and the environment.

Do you have any questions about how to make your remodelling project as environmentally friendly as possible? Make an appointment with Renovate Today to find out!

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