Tips For Recycling After Doing Home Renovations

Home remodeling is a great way to get creative and make your home feel more like your own. But it comes with its share of waste. Old appliances and building materials can pile up on the side of the road, and they will end up in landfills if you do not find ways of recycling them.

While the modern homeowner is more motivated than ever to include green energy and building methods into their houses, this is not the only factor to consider. Post-renovation and cleaning waste has a bigger impact than you may realize. In fact, building debris make up one-third of the solid waste in the United States.

So, How Can You Reduce Your Building Waste?

The key is to commit to recycling after your home renovation. This guide will provide some basic tips and tricks to make your remodeling project as green as possible by properly recycling the materials.

  • Donate the appliances

One of the best ways to get rid of old appliances is to donate them. If your old refrigerator, washer, dryer, or other appliance is still working, reach out to local nonprofit organizations and ask if they take donations. This allows you to ethically remove the appliance from your home while also helping those in need.

You may also be able to write these donations off on your taxes, earning money back. Just be sure to keep your donation receipts for this process.

  • Recycle old materials

You can recycle more than just paper and plastic, though many homeowners don’t realize this. Specialty recycling companies often take metal, ceramics, drywall, pipes, textiles, porcelain, and other materials. In some instances, the materials can even be repurposed to be used in other remodeling projects.

If you are working with a remodeling company, be sure to ask them about their recycling practices. If they do not, ask them to leave the materials so you can find your own method of recycling it.

  • Work with a recycling program

You likely have a recycling program in your area. You’ll want to be sure to take advantage of this program if your remodeling company does not offer such services. These companies specialize in building material removal and recycling, so they can help you throughout this entire process.

You can trust your waste will be disposed of properly and efficiently when you use a recycling program. These types of programs also generally know how to remove refrigerants, oils, compounds, and other substances from your appliances before they are broken down for recycling.

  • Sell or give away items online

If recycling or donations do not work out, you always have the trusty online marketplace to fall back on. When you are looking to get rid of a refrigerator or even a large piece of wood, chances are someone out there will jump on the opportunity to take in your junk. While you might not know what will happen to your waste after you hand it off to the recipient, you can at least know you didn’t throw it in a landfill.

Recycling: Commit to Doing Your Part

No matter your method for recycling your renovation waste, the most important part is  you commit to doing so. Making a habit of ethical remodeling will help build a greener home and a greener future — a ripple effect that has more impact than you may realize.

Biofriendly Planet would like that thank Elliot Laniado for his informative contribution. Elliot started Window Treats Inc. over 20 years ago with the vision of offering the highest quality in window furnishings with the service you deserve. He is a certified window treatment and motorization expert who is frequently sought out by designers and architects. He is a proud member of BNI, an active member in the community, and is a Hatzalah volunteer.


  • Wesley Bergman

    Recycling or Donating is your best option for your problem about your appliances. BTW, thanks for this tips.

  • Marcus Coons

    I loved when you mentioned how recycling programs know how to remove oil and oils from your appliances before they are broken down. It is important to remember that looking into this can help you know they have experience in the business. We need to find a good company that can help us recycle plastic, so I’m glad I found your page.

  • Hector Uba

    Thanks for the tips on how you can recycle after doing a home renovation. I never really thought about donating the appliances and writing them off on your taxes. I would imagine that those appliances could help another family and it also helps you save a little money as well.

  • Tim Yaotome

    I find it awesome that one can start becoming greener by donating old refrigerators, dryers, and other working appliances. Speaking of renovations, my tip to a cleaner renovation is to hire a professional. Doing this will not only improve one’s home but also keep the environment healthy as well.

  • Abby Tolintino

    Such a great and informative post. This can be a big help for me with my future project.

  • Derek Campbell

    Indeed, A good way to be more resourceful after doing some stuffs and save. Thanks for sharing!

  • Mark Jones

    So true, it’s a good thinking to donate your appliances or recycle your materials which can be a big help for the nature as well. Having your home remodeled or making an improvement is an amazing investment of every person. It’s not bad to start remodeling your house as long as you have clear plans on some of your items so it wont be a waste.

  • Lilah Chaney

    Thank you for the great article.

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