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How to Recycle Building Materials

 

The green building movement is changing the way people think about where they live and how they live. And thanks to the green building movement, home renovation, building, and restoring gets greener everyday, making it easier for you to “greenify” your own home projects. One way to do this is by recycling building materials.

But what if you don’t know what to do with that leftover plaster, paint, and porcelain tile? Consider donating unused materials to second-hand building centers that reuse such materials to promote recycling in the community. These centers are usually not-for-profit organizations. Their benefit to local communities is two-fold: they sell second-hand building materials at affordable prices and they educate the community on green building. Additionally, many centers offer free DIY and How-To classes to the public.

However, not all building materials can be donated or recycled into new items. Here is a short list of items referred to as not recyclable:

  • Painted wood
  • Window panes and mirrors
  • Items containing mercury such as thermostats
  • Old plumbing and pipe fixtures

Be sure to contact your second-hand building and recycling centers for more information on what building materials they take and which ones they don’t. And if you don’t know where to go, check out Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, which has resale centers in many communities across the U.S. and Canada.

Another way to learn what building materials can be recycled in your community is to contact your city government’s solid waste and recycling website. Along with the green building movement, many cities across the U.S. have begun including recycling and sustainable living information pages on their websites, where users can check the city calendar for community-wide recycling sweeps, read up on the latest tax rebates for greener homes, and also can find their nearest recycling and reuse centers.

Did you know that unused drywall free of nails, metal trim, and paint can be recycled into new drywall? Knez can help you recycle your drywall scraps, making your home renovation, building, and restoration projects greener for the environment.

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