Frequently Asked Questions
Can construction waste go in curbside recycling or trash?
Typically, construction waste does not belong in your curbside program because of its size, bulk and weight. It’s best to check your local options by jumping to the recycling search.
Is it best to rent a dumpster for a bigger remodel job? Will the waste be recycled?
You may end up saving a great deal of time by having an on-site dumpster, rather than driving back and forth to dump your waste. Many companies will not only provide you a container for your scraps, but sort and recycle them for you after pick-up. Waste Management’s Bagster is one example of a service like this. Ask about the recycling options for your construction waste when you order your dumpster to be sure the company you’re using will work to throw out as little as possible.
What actually counts as 'construction waste?'
Construction waste can be anything from concrete and flooring tiles to fixtures and doors. Other materials like wood, metal, bricks and glass also count. Even the trees, stumps and earth from clearing sites apply here.
Is there anywhere I can donate old cabinets, sinks, mirrors and other fixtures?
Absolutely. There are many local charities that want your useable household items. One example available nationally are Habitat for Humanity ReStores, where proceeds go to fund Habitat for Humanity projects.
How does 'deconstruction' work? How does one find a local company who does it?
Deconstruction essentially means that pieces of a home or building are carefully dismantled in order to be used again. You can check out this handy guide on getting started. You can also check out the Deconstruction Institute for more details.