Regardless of the type of home renovation or remodeling project you are tackling, there is bound to be plenty of leftover debris to dispose of when it is all said and done. Renting a construction dumpster for your home renovation project is a convenient and affordable solution to construction debris disposal.

Disposing of construction waste after home remodeling project

When you have bulk amounts of debris—especially debris from construction or demolition projects—you will need to handle disposal differently. Learn how to dispose of construction debris properly while saving money and helping the environment.

Properly dispose of construction debris

Construction and demolition debris is a non-hazardous material that results from a construction, demolition, remodeling, or repair project. Common types of construction and demolition debris include bricks, concrete, wood, plaster, drywall, metal, plumbing fixtures, insulation (non-asbestos), roofing materials, glass, wiring, rock, and soil. When these materials are uncontaminated and kept completely separate from one another, the debris is considered “clean.” For instance, if you only have bricks to dispose of, you have a clean load of bricks. The same goes for concrete, asphalt, stone, rock, and soil.

General construction debris and heavy debris should not be placed in the same container since they go to separate facilities. Heavy construction debris is often processed for recycling at a recovery facility while other construction waste goes to the landfill. Mixing them with your dumpster rental can result in additional charges. Any clean-loaded dumpster rental will cost you less in disposal fees than a dumpster full of mixed construction and demolition debris because it can be recycled, which is less expensive than disposing of the materials at the landfill.

Improper disposal can cause environmental harm

Our landfills and environment are becoming clogged with waste, so it is vitally important to divert your construction and demolition debris from the landfill whenever possible. Follow alternative construction waste disposal methods to prevent reusable materials from ending up in the landfill, such as reusing the materials, donating them to others, or recycling them.

Account for potential construction waste in the planning process, place reuse and recycling bins on the property and identify materials that can be reused and recycled before beginning with the renovation project so you can sort the waste as it is created. If you are working with materials that are prone to spoilage, prepare them in batches small enough to be used completely before spoiling. This construction waste recycling tip can benefit you just as much as it does the environment.

Never illegally dump your construction and demolition debris. Not only is it against the law, but it decreases your property value, costs money to clean up, and causes future health risks. If asbestos is present on your job site, it would need to be removed by a professional, following all state and local laws.

Not everything is garbage

Before tossing all of your construction debris in a dumpster to be sent to a landfill, consider storing materials in good condition and reusing them in another project. Consult your reuse pile before making more construction waste. Scrapped wood can be chipped and reused as mulch as long as it is not stained or painted. Make use of scrap whenever possible. When something needs to be cut, it is often possible to cut it from scrap pieces rather than new material, saving debris from being thrown out while conserving materials and ultimately saving you money.

Implement a strategy to recycle construction waste that you cannot reuse. Items being replaced on a home renovation project, like sinks, baths, and countertops, can be placed in a recycling bin. The most commonly accepted construction materials for recycling include metal, plywood, cardboard, and paper. Check with manufacturers to see if they can return unused materials for repurposing or recycling. For instance, some vinyl siding manufacturers have return programs in place that can save you valuable space and weight in your roll-off dumpster.

Rent a dumpster for the rest

As hard as you may try to reduce construction waste after your home renovation project, you cannot altogether avoid it. For all the things you cannot reuse, donate, or recycle, a roll-off dumpster is the most efficient disposal option, saving you valuable time and labor. Junk Boss is a turnkey junk removal service specializing in residential and commercial dumpster rentals. Whether you are tackling a kitchen remodel or an entire home renovation project, our roll-off containers make short work of waste removal. For more information on our roll-off dumpster rentals, junk removal, and waste management services, contact us today.