Remodeling Your Home? Tips To Help You Minimize The Environmental Impact

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Have you recently decided to remodel your home? Perhaps your goal is to add more curb appeal or additional space to your home. No matter the reason, a remodeling project can create quite a mess. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the mess and the environmental impact of your project while still achieving the upgrades you want and need for your home.

Hire Outside Help

Despite the fact that you live in an era that promotes the DIY approach, a remodeling project is a large undertaking that may require outside help from friends, family and professionals. No matter how many DIY boards you scour or tutorial videos you watch, there is always room for a helping hand.

Hiring a professional can help you keep your building materials and supplies in order so you can reduce the negative environmental impact of your project. Professional builders can identify materials that are best suited for the recycling bin and those that are better off in a rented dumpster unit.

Identify Recyclable Items

Before you get started on your renovation, you need to identify possible recyclable items. Aside from standard plastic, paper and metal, you need to narrow down your list to the specifics. For example, you can recycle the following items:

  • Lumber
  • Plastic
  • Roofing (in good, useable condition)
  • Windows/Doors
  • Masonry (in good, useable condition)
  • Appliances/Plumbing fixtures

If you choose to recycle items you no longer want or need in your home, you are reducing your carbon footprint. Your carbon footprint refers to the amount of carbon dioxide you produce into the atmosphere. If you throw away recyclable items, you are increasing your carbon footprint.

Recyclable items reduce the amount of new materials a manufacturer has to produce for projects like yours and new home building projects. In other words, the materials you recycle cost less and produce fewer amounts of carbon dioxide than it would take to manufacture them from scratch.

Rent a Dumpster

Believe it or not, dumpster rental has a lot of benefits. Rather than leaving materials and construction scrap around your yard, professionals have a place to put trash and other non-recyclable items. Leaving trash and construction scraps around your home can have a negative impact on your home's curb appeal and the environment.

By renting a dumpster, you are doing yourself, your home and the environment a favor. Keep in mind that you may need to rent more than one dumpster depending on the size and scope of your remodeling project. Talk to a dumpster rental company near you and let them know that you are looking to remodel your home.

A dumpster rental professional can help you find a dumpster that suits the length and magnitude of your project. Additionally, a professional can advise you what items you can and cannot place in the dumpster. Keep in mind that there are several items you can place in a dumpster, but there are a few that are best left for professional disposal.

For example, refrigerators, batteries and chemical may require professional disposal rather than putting them in a dumpster. Batteries and chemicals can seep into the ground and have a negative impact on the environment. Make sure you take them for professional disposal rather than placing them in a dumpster.

If you are unsure what items you can put in the dumpster, make sure you request a list from the rental company. Many rental companies can provide you with a list of items per your local and state requirements that require professional disposal. Hand the list out to the building professionals to ensure you are doing what you can to protect the environment while remodeling your home.


15 September 2014