Renovations can accumulate a hefty amount of waste, whether you’re sprucing up a bathroom or gutting your basement. The question of how to dispose of renovation waste doesn’t usually get asked until you realize your backyard is brimming with it. The answer is simple, and with multiple disposal options, you’re sure to find one that works with your schedule and budget.
Donate Unwanted Items
You can donate almost anything, no matter how useless it is to you. Most donation centers will take your unwanted goods as long as they’re in decent condition. Someone will always appreciate your appliances, old furniture, cabinets, and fixtures. Donating is also a great way to keep waste out of landfills and help those in your community who need it.
Before you head to a donation center, be sure to sift through your unwanted items. Make two piles of trash and donations, separating based on the condition of each item. If your old chair is ripped and on its last leg (maybe literally), put it in the trash pile. You also want to avoid giving contaminated items, like pieces that have come into contact with asbestos and lead.
Rent A Roll-Off Dumpster
Serious renovation projects will likely need the help of a roll-off dumpster. These rented dumpsters are perfect for holding a large amount of waste, and since dumpster companies like Frontier Waste Solutions take care of the hauling and disposal, all you need to do is fill it up. Dumpster rentals are durable and suitable for heavy materials like concrete, brick, and other masonry materials.
Check their material limitations before filling it up, as some materials are prohibited in landfills. For example, all dumpster companies need to know if you’re disposing of roofing materials or concrete.
Weight limitations are also important to keep in mind, as breaching the weight limit will result in an extra charge. Once you’ve filled your dumpster, it’s picked up and hauled out of your life at a time you choose.
Use A Collapsible Trash Bin
Collapsible trash bins are perfect for small amounts of waste, like drywall or a couple of rolls of carpet. You’ll need to buy the bin yourself, but pick up is usually done by local garbage collection services. Call ahead beforehand, though, to make sure they do offer collapsible bin pick-ups.
Collapsible bins are surprisingly sturdy, but they’re often not up to the challenge of concrete or sharp materials. Collapsible bins are a convenient option for smaller loads, but the costs of the bin(s) itself plus costs for removal may be more than some of the other, more efficient options.
Skip Bin Hire
Skip bins are similar to roll-off dumpsters, but with the added bonus of having your waste loaded for you. This allows you to continue your project unhindered by waste loading or just allows you to take a break. The skip bin company will load and remove the skip bin, much like dumpster rental companies remove your dumpster after it’s loaded.
This option is especially beneficial if you’re dealing with hazardous waste, like asbestos-tainted insulation or materials with lead paint. The workers will know how to safely deal with such waste and dispose of it in a way that’s just as safe.
Drop Waste Off At The Landfill
The standard option most people think of when it comes to waste removal is bringing it to the dump. Think pickup trucks, tie-dows, and maybe some shovels. This is a cost-efficient and practical option for small projects with only a truck bed or two of waste to remove, but it becomes impractical for larger projects.
For those without a truck, or a friend with a truck, this option may not be so viable. Keep your estimated waste types and amount in mind as you decide if you want to haul it to the dump yourself. Large blocks of concrete or buckets of tile may be more trouble than their worth, as well as a potential safety concern. But if you’re up for the trip and have a truck on hand, this is an effective and cost-efficient option. Be sure to sort your waste beforehand for maximum speed and efficiency.
Garbage Collection Service
You may also be able to utilize your garbage collection services. Give them a call and let them know what type of waste you and where it is. They’re usually able to pick it up during their routes. Pricing depends on the type of waste and its weight, which could make this a very inexpensive option for smaller projects or compact waste. You also remove the hassle of loading and unloading at the landfill. This option works well for damaged cabinets, furniture, carpet, and other similar items.
Explore your options
The world is quickly filling up with trash, and it’s up to us to find alternative ways to dispose of the items we no longer need. If you go through your renovation checklist, you should be able to calculate the most cost-effective ways to get rid of the renovation waste while mitigating the damage to the environment.