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Tips on Recycling From Your Remodel
Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 • Posted April 27, 2010 10:00 PM

More and more people are becoming concerned and proactive about preserving the environment and improving all of the processes used in life to have less of an impact on the environment. Many people are choosing to make their homes more `green' and are taking on remodeling projects to improve energy efficiency and to reduce the cost of maintaining a home. But one step that many people forget about or neglect is to recycle, reuse or dispose of the old items that are being taken out of the home that aren't fit for continued use.

Remodeling a home is generally done because the look and feel of decorations isn't what is desired or is very inefficient and doesn't allow for good use of energy or space. Most remodeling projects begin with a severe and almost brutal demolition removing many things before new ones can be put back into the home. Demolition can be fun and exciting while swinging a hammer of targeting a saw to tear things out. But being delicate with demolition can keep things cleaner in the house and can also preserve things so that they can be used again.

Even though you may not plan on reusing materials, doesn't mean that they can't be useful to someone else or for another project in the future. Many items in the home can be reused and are quite functional still and can be recycled. Cabinetry and appliances are among the most commonly repurposed or reused items in a remodeling project. Cabinets can frequently be reused, but only if they are removed delicately and not damaged in the process of demolition. Even some things, like tile, which will almost certainly not be reused in the same space, can be made into a sort of art project that can be used as a memory or memento of the old home.

Many things that people don't assume can be recycled can now be used for many other projects. One thing that you may not even consider recycling or reusing is carpet, but there are more and more companies each year that are committed to creating new and interesting ways of recycling things that wouldn't normally fit the bill. It may take some additional effort and even additional cost to make sure that you are recycling everything you can in your home remodel project. It is easy to just throw everything into a big dumpster in the driveway, but it is worth the extra time and effort to make a good contribution to the environment by reducing the amount of waste from your project. It may take some additional time and energy, but you can probably find places online that do a great deal of recycling of materials that you wouldn't normally consider.

Another way that you can reduce the amount of waste from your remodeling project is to reuse different items taken out in other parts of the house. Many old homes have wood paneling in the basement or other rooms. Most people think that this is not an attractive way to decorate a room, but the wood can be reused and made into furniture or art of some kind. This is especially true of solid wood. You May also have tile that you are replacing with another type of flooring. Much of the tile will probably be broken when you are taking it out, but even the broken pieces can be used to decorate a table or other item that might be used outside. You can take the pieces and make a design or mosaic with the broken tile. It may not be possible to reuse or recycle everything from the job, but make some effort and use your creativity and you'll find that many things can be done to make your remodeling job more environmentally sound.

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