How to Reuse and Recycle Construction Materials

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If you’re planning a major renovation or construction project, there are many ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle building materials, which helps keep them out of landfills and reduces your building costs at the same time. If you think about the massive amount of materials used throughout the building process, recycling building components makes economic and environmental sense. Reusing materials reduces the demand for new resources, cuts costs related to the production and transportation of new materials and eliminates the need to send waste to landfill sites.

On the demolition side, every time you process hazardous waste properly, you keep it out of the landfill and minimize toxic build-up in our environment. Substances such as asbestos, latex paint, chemical solvents, adhesives, lead-based paint need to be treated properly to reduce their impact on the environment. Granted, it takes more time and care to dismantle and preserve reusable parts, but the environmental impact and cost savings are well worth it.

There are several places to buy or sell reusable construction materials. One such place is Habitat for Humanity ReStores, which has locations all over the US and Canada. ReStores accept donations and sell a constantly changing inventory of diverse, high-quality merchandise to the public at a fraction of the retail price, while diverting reusable building materials from area landfills. Sales of donated items help Habitat for Humanity partner with local families to build, rehabilitate and repair safe and affordable homes in your community and around the world.

Many common construction and renovation materials can be reused or recycled. For example, metals such as steel, aluminum, and copper can be melted down and reformed into new metal products or can be sold for scrap. Untreated timber can be re-milled and put back to use in construction. Concrete can be broken down and recycled as base course for building driveways, footpaths, and roadways. Windows, doors, appliances, and fixtures can also be reused in the renovated or a new space.

Before you begin your construction project, it’s important to plan to incorporate used and recycled materials. It will not only save the environment but allow you to save money as well. Contact us at info@jlarchs.com for help with your next project!