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What to Do With Leftover Materials from a Renovation

Renovations are all about starting fresh. Clearing out the old, dated bathroom or adding space off the back of your house for an expanded kitchen can be life-changing. 

Whatever the project, it usually ends with happy homeowners (hopefully) but also often plenty of extra building materials, or “overage.”

Before you can fully bask in your newly remodeled home, you still have to figure out what to do with these extra tiles, scrap wood, paint or bricks that are likely taking up valuable space in your garage. Here are some options:

  • Upcycle – There are plenty of creative projects you can do with spare building materials. Tiles can be used to create mosaics or coasters; wood can be turned into birdhouses, shelves, or anything else you can dream up; and bricks work well as pavers or flower planters. If you need creative inspiration, the internet is full of ideas.
  • Donate – Another good option is to offer your building materials to friends, neighbors, a local high school, or an organization like Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. By asking around or posting your materials on a free site, you might unknowingly make someone’s day by offering exactly the right amount of materials they need to finish their project. 
  • Trash – Excess building materials that can’t be salvaged or donated can go in the trash. Renting a dumpster to haul away your building materials can be a convenient way to dispose of your excess renovation waste. However, there are rules about what can and can’t go in a rental dumpster.

Generally speaking, you cannot put any type of hazardous materials or liquid-based items in your rented dumpster. This includes items such as wet paint, oil (all other liquids), asbestos, and certain types of appliances. 

Travis and Williamson Counties have specific regulations for items that cannot be disposed of in a dumpster – including hazardous waste. You can learn more about the specific rules here.

or get in touch with us at Griffin Waste Services today. 

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