You’ve finally finished your big renovation project and you’re ready to bask in the product of your hard work. However, it can be a slightly hollow victory when surrounded by piles of renovation waste needing to be dealt with. After working so hard on your home, it might seem easy to simply bag everything up and take it to the dump. However, with the rise in UK landfills becoming an increasing problem up and down the country, you may be wondering what steps you can take to ensure your waste is disposed of in the most environmentally friendly way possible. With this in mind, here are a few tips to keep your next renovation job eco-friendly.
As the old adage goes, if you fail to plan you plan to fail, so make sure you have everything set out beforehand to help minimise your waste output. Start by getting in touch with suppliers and checking to see if they can reduce their packaging for transit. Also, it can be useful to work with builders and designers who use recyclable materials when planning for your project.
For furniture, consider donating when looking to create space for your project or, if you’re planning on keeping it, make sure they are either well covered or removed from the renovation site in order to minimise the chance of breaking your furniture. Some suppliers also offer a disposal service when you buy new furniture so it’s always good to check.
If you’re working with a range of materials that require different methods of recycling in order to be reused, it’s imperative to split these resources into their respective types. Splitting your woods, plastics and glass into categories will make it much easier when it comes to the recycling centre.
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However, for larger projects with more waste disposal requirements, consider investing in skip hire. With a skip, all you’ll have to do is fill it with your waste and the skip hire company will do the rest, sorting your rubbish out in an eco-friendly way, saving you on time and petrol heavy trips to the dump.
Sometimes renovation waste is anything but rubbish and could easily be reused for something else around your property or someone else’s renovation project. Of course, materials such as steel, wood and brick can easily be reused for other upcoming projects you or someone else may have in mind.
In the age of the internet, it’s now easier than ever to find people who can reuse your waste for their building projects. Websites like Enviromate and even Gumtree can be great places to give your old materials a new lease of life.
However you decide to recycle your renovation waste, doing it in an eco-friendly way will have a positive impact. By simply recycling your waste, demand for these materials fall and can create new jobs for eco-minded individuals. Yet, the biggest benefit is your minimising of your footprint and helping in the fightback for the environment, so let’s all do our bit!
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