If you’ve just done any sort of home repair or home improvement, you most likely have extra materials left over. It’s always better to get more than you need than have too little, right? But now you have paint buckets, bricks, tiles, and even wiring making a mess in your garage and you really need to get rid of it all and fast.
Some of these materials can be confusing to get rid of. They either don’t fit in your waste bin or they’re marked as not allowed. And some materials are simply downright dangerous if not disposed of properly. We’ve compiled a list of some ideas and safe procedures to follow when getting rid of your home improvement supplies. You’ve finished the hard part, the actual construction or repair, this last step shouldn’t be a pain.
- Paint – while bulky, it can sometimes be a smart move to keep your leftover paint in the cans for touch ups or color matching in the future. But if you’re sure you want to ditch it, you first need to find out what type of paint it is. Latex paint can be thrown in a regular garbage can if it’s completely dry. Use shredded newspaper or even kitty litter to absorb the moisture. Once you’re sure it’s fully dry, then you can throw it away like normal. If it’s oil paint, it’s a different story. Find where your local waste disposal center is and take it there. The oil paint can be very toxic and dangerous to people and the environment.
- Electronics – televisions, appliances, stereo systems, and just about any electronic contains lead and mercury. These are dangerous to living creatures and people and can mix with other chemicals in the trash to be extremely hazardous. To avoid a calamity, check out e-stewards.org. They maintain a searchable map that contains listings for electronic waste recycling and they keep high standards to how that waste is handled. You can really trust the listings here to take care of your waste efficiently and responsibly.
- Gardening Materials – if your fixer upper project was gardening related, you probably have plenty of trash leftover. The flimsy plastic pots from your new flowers and other plants rip apart the trash bags. And mulch projects of any level yield large plastic bags covered in dirt. If you’re trying to get rid of these and any other number of materials from gardening, call the store you bought it from in the first place. Places like Lowe’s accept the bags, pots, and more to recycle for you.
- Construction Materials – for all of your projects that took place indoors, we have a one stop solution for leftover and older materials. Whether it’s the kitchen cabinets you took out to put in the new ones, or the collection of tiles and bricks from doing the bathroom, you can donate your materials to Habitat for Humanity. They have locations all over the country called ReStores where they will take your home supplies off your hands and sell it at crazy low prices to people who otherwise can’t afford them. You get to fix up your home and help someone less fortunate fix up theirs at the same time.
Your home improvement project is complete. It’s time to finally claim back your garage! And, remember, if you’re ever unsure how to dispose of hazardous waste or question mark materials, call your local waste management office and ask them. That’s what they’re there for. And if you’re the creative type, hop on over to Pinterest and find a fun way to upcycle some materials. The possibilities are endless.