Most of the waste generated during renovations can be kept out of landfill through recycling. Planning your renovation to reduce waste will minimise its impact on the environment and reduce your waste disposal costs.
Does the kitchen cupboard really need to be ripped out? Will a fresh coat of paint and new benchtops create the look you are after, at the same time saving you money?
It's common practice to over-order, so products don't run out on site. Could you upcycle the unused tiles from the bathroom, or repurpose leftover bricks as garden edging?
Consider turning lead light windows into highlight windows to retain a little piece of your home's heritage. With a bit of creative thinking, you can turn what looks like trash into treasure.
With demand for vintage products, there are many people looking to reuse pieces from older-style homes. Selling, giving away or swapping materials will reduce waste and save you money.
A skip might be the simplest solution, or you might need to hire a specialist waste disposal company depending on the type of rubbish you need to get rid of. Either way, don't forget to do your research before choosing a rubbish disposal option to make sure the company you choose sorts and separates the waste for recycling, rather than just sending it all to landfill.
During a renovation it's important to minimise your family's exposure to chemicals contained in paints, building materials and cleaning products by safely disposing of hazardous materials.
Sustainability Victoria runs a free service – Detox your home – so households can dispose of potentially dangerous household chemicals safely and easily, without harming human health or the environment.
Even after the renovation, there are many ways to reduce ongoing waste in your new home.
Find out more about safe household waste and recycling.
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