When we start a new home remodeling project, the first step is demolition...obviously. We have to get rid of the old to prepare for the new. That old, crumbling deck needs to come down, the cabinets that have adorned your kitchen since the 70's have to go, and that worn out, over-used carpet...good riddance!! Now that the demo is done and all of the "old" is out of the house and in a pile outside, what do you do with it? Throw it all away and be done with it? Sift through it and see what you can reuse? Maybe recycle it? I would recommend the last two options!
Did you know that you can pretty much recycle an entire house? Yep! From wood scraps to drywall to that old, dingy carpet...it can all be recycled or reused in some way. Earth911.com is a great resource for locating centers in your area to recycle just about anything.
This site also provides tips to reuse a lot of what you would be getting rid of, such as turning an old door into a rustic looking picnic table for that new deck or reusing old kitchen tiles as coasters on your "new" table. Craft a country style picture frame out of your old four-paned wooden window frames to hang in your newly remodeled kitchen. The possibilities are endless!
So, as you can see there are other options out there for discarding the debris that results from a home remodel. All resulting in less waste and garbage ending up to our already too full landfills. And don't forget to make this a part of your everyday lifestyle, as well!
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