Most of us envision placing our aluminum cans and plastic bottles in the blue recycling bin when we talk about recycling. However, have you ever considered recycling construction materials in your house?
There are many of chances to reduce, reuse, and recycle if you’re planning a sizable repair or building project. This helps keep building materials out of landfills and lowers your building costs at the same time.
Where can I recycle construction materials, and how?
1) Starting off:
The finest resources for information while planning a construction or demolition project are:
- The Builders Association in your area
- Your provincial or state environmental agency
These organizations can assist you in planning your project, identifying best practices for your area, and making sure your project complies with legal requirements.
2) Local landfill and recycling regulations:
You should understand local recycling and disposal laws before you begin any project because some communities do not accept materials used in homebuilding. Contact: to find out what your city will recycle and what it will remove from its dump.
- Department of solid waste and recycling at your neighborhood municipality
- Waste and recycle haulers in your area
3) Locations to buy or sell reusable building supplies
ReStore locations for Habitat for Humanity in Canada, the US, New Zealand, or Australia
Find local construction recycling drop-off locations online. Search terms that may be helpful include “purchase old construction materials,” “building reclaimers,” and “recovered building materials for sale.”
Why is it important to recycle building materials?
Recycling building materials is obvious if you consider the enormous amount of material utilized in construction. Reusing resources
- lessens the need for additional resources
- reduces the price of producing and shipping new materials, as well as
- reduces the necessity of dumping garbage in landfills
When hazardous trash is processed correctly during demolition, it is kept out of landfills and the amount of toxic buildup in our environment is reduced. To lessen their negative effects on the environment, materials including asbestos, latex paint, chemical solvents, adhesives, and lead-based paint must be handled carefully. Although disassembling and preserving reusable parts requires more time and care, the resale price will more than compensate for this.
What occurs to recycled building materials?
There are numerous popular building and remodeling materials that can be recycled or repurposed. For instance:
- Concrete can recycle and broke down to use as the base course for driveways and sidewalks.
- Untreated wood is mulched or used as firewood. Large sections can be re-milled and used in the building once again.
- Crushed asphalt from cemented roadways is recycled to make fresh asphalt.
- Trees and bushes convert into mulch or compost.
- Direct reuse is possible for wood, big-dimension lumber (defined as timber longer than 6 ft), plywood, flooring, and molding.
- Metals (such as copper, steel, and aluminum) can melt down and reshape into new metal goods.
More on INJ Architects:
Recycling and Upcycling in Architecture: A Sustainable Choice