Q&A: Home Renovation and Trash

Q: “I’m a do-it-yourselfer and I’m looking to completely remodel my kitchen. What’s the best way to dispose of the trash and old appliances? Is there anything special I need to know? Thanks. – Tim, CT”


A: Remodeling your kitchen is a huge project, especially on the DIY scale. When you decide to remodel the room completely, there are a few things you need to keep in mind in terms of disposing of your trash, appliances, and other materials. You want to be sure that you’re not harming the environment while you complete your job. Plus, chances are that your normal trash pickup can’t handle the waste.

The most common method of trash disposal on a project is renting a dumpster. This can be a great way to take care of all of your disposal needs – as long as you work with a rental company that can legally and effectively take care of all of your trash. If you plan on tossing appliances, talk to the dumpster rental company before hand to find out their policy.

If you think you need something a bit more fast and efficient, you can also hire a trash hauling company who can come clean up on a need-be basis. This can be expensive, but it’s great when you live in a narrow lot, apartment, or close together neighborhood.

Finally, if you’re tossing appliances, consider recycling them properly first. Contact a local appliance repair shop to discuss the proper disposal methods in your area. Usually, the shop can set you up with a pick-up or with a recycling center that can handle your appliance.

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