How to Recycle Construction Waste

Consumers might not generate a lot of construction waste, but certain types of wood, brick and carpet that homeowners use fall under this category. If you’re planning any home renovation projects, be sure to have a game plan for the waste you’ll inevitably produce. And use our recycling locator below to find out where to recycle construction waste.

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Frequent Construction Waste Recycling Questions

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.