Your home renovation can add comfort, beauty and value to your original investment. However, too often used and excess materials can create a harmful environmental impact. At Menno S. Martin in St. Jacobs, Ontario, we offer homeowners advice on how to better manage and recycle home renovation waste to reduce their impact on the environment.
Materials to Donate
Construction, demolition and renovation waste makes up one quarter of the solid waste occupying landfills. These materials can be given a new purpose and donated or recycled, making better use of our limited natural resources. Materials that can be donated or recycled include:
- Waste lumber & trim
- Light fixtures
- Working Appliances (must be in excellent condition)
- Doors, windows and sinks
Homeowners and builders are both responsible for the proper management of construction, demolition and renovation waste. Ask contractors for a scale slip to demonstrate that waste has been disposed properly. On your part, seek out second hand stores and charities that can make use of appliances and furniture and reach out to local churches that might know of a family that could use select materials.
Local Organizations for Donation or Recycling
Plan your project carefully to reduce waste and reuse high-quality materials. Many organizations welcome renovation donations, but arrangements may need to be arranged. A few local organizations that work with homeowners and builders in their waste management and recycling efforts include:
- Habitat for Humanity has 53 stores across Canada
Find a local ReStore using their website here
- Thrift on Kent in Kitchener
Find a complete listing of what donations they will accept here
Call any organization in advance to check their hours of operation, the types of materials accepted and any applicable fees.
Renovate and Help Your Community
It’s possible to update your home with all your desired features to add to your family’s personal enjoyment of their living space while minimizing your impact on the environment. All the while, keep perfectly usable materials out of landfills and give them a second chance at life. Our listing of recyclable materials and organizations available to homeowners in St. Jacobs, Ontario will help surrounding homeowners give back to their communities and improve the waste management of their home renovation project.