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Renovating and want to be green?

Renovating a home or office building can be an exciting project – molding the place into a new form, turning it into the building you want it to be. However, the amount of trash this produces can be startling: chunks of drywall, old floorboards, pieces of furniture, shattered windows, broken doors. In fact, construction and demolition materials are 36% of all waste produced in Vancouver!

How can all this waste be avoided? Follow the follow steps to keep your renovation clean and green:

  1. Minimize Potential Waste

Before you start your renovation project, plan things out to minimize the potential waste:

  • Whenever possible, rearrange furniture and other objects within the building rather than actually adding or destroying parts of the building itself.
  • Dismantle instead of demolish and salvage what you can. This salvage can be reused by yourself, donated to someone else, or sold to a third party. Many newspapers and community websites have sections where you can announce things you’re giving away.
  • Once you come to the stuff that can’t be reused, make sure to separate them into clearly marked divisions of recyclable and regular waste.


  1. Recycle Whenever Possible

After you’ve dealt with the reusable material, move on to the recyclables. Where should recyclables go?

  • If organic, they can be composted.
  • If small enough, they can be placed in a recycling bin.
  • Scrap metal (steel, copper, etc.) and even appliance may be picked-up by a salvage yard.
  • Anything else can be dropped off at your local recycling center.


  1. Properly Dispose Of What’s Left

All remaining waste should be disposed of properly. Many old houses have various hazardous materials (asbestos, lead paint, mold, etc.), and they should be dealt with in the right way.


For Efficiency, Bring in the Professionals!

As we see, a lot of waste accumulates during demolition, and it’s pivotal that it ends-up in the right place. It’s of course possible for you to handle all the recycling and disposal yourself, but sorting and carting everything is a lot of work. It’s much easier and more efficient to bring in a professional removal company. Make sure the company is one that works with the environment, someone like Fresh Start Recycling & Disposal. We make certain everything gets divided-up correctly – the reusables, the recyclables, the hazardous waste, the regular waste – and once they’re classified, we send them off to the right places ourselves. Thanks to Fresh Start, you can have fun with your renovations and be confident that all your trash will be properly handled.

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