You decided to be adventurous and tackle a bathroom remodel on your own. You've spent countless hours researching techniques and design ideas – you're all prepared. But did you think about waste? Even a small renovation project can generate a significant amount of waste -- waste that you just can't simply set out on the curb on trash day. Before embarking on your renovation project, make sure you have a waste plan in place.
Deconstruct Don't Demolish
When breaking down the original bathroom components to be removed, practice deconstruction. Don't go straight into demolition mode. It often seems like a faster process to grab a hammer and go full force. In the beginning, that may seem like a good approach. However, when you're left with a pile of crumble that you have to carry outside and dust all over your home, it may no longer feel like it was a good idea. When you take the time to deconstruct, it's easier to remove the waste from your home and it makes for an easier cleanup all around.
Set Up Zones
It's a good idea to set up zones for your waste, such as trash, donations and reuse. When it comes to construction projects everything you toss out isn't necessarily trash. There are a number of things that can be recycled, reused or even sold. Consider the first tip about deconstructing instead of demolishing. Say you carefully removed the backsplash tile from the wall, for example. Since the tile is still in good condition, you could easily reapply the tile in the new bathroom design or even donate it to a social housing organization. Reusing the tile helps you cut down on your costs, and donating the tile can even save money as many organizations extend tax benefits to donors.
Rent A Dumpster
Don't make renting a dumpster an afterthought for your project. Renting a dumpster can save you a great deal of time, stress and damage to your property. Once you've donated the items you don't want and pulled out the objects to reuse, where will you put the waste? You won't want to just leave it in your yard until you find someplace to drop it off, as this could cause damage to your lawn and other landscaping elements.
The best solution is to get a dumpster rental. Rental providers pair you with a dumpster best suited to meet your waste needs. Position the dumpster in a convenient spot, secure it to prevent any damage to your property and have them pick it up when you're done.
Before beginning your bathroom remodel, make sure you've put some thought into your waste disposal plans
These days, there are so many new inventions and weird components to machines and appliances. It's hard to know what's safe to keep, recycle, or throw away when something is all used up. For example, I didn't know until a few months ago what to do with old ink cartridges, used computers, or antique printers. I finally called my local recycling center and asked for a list of things that can be recycled. They even told me about this weeklong event they hold every year where they set up recycling pickup stations for large items so you don't have to drive all the way to the center. Learn more tips and tricks about garbage removal on my blog.