Home Renovation Waste

White Line Waste
Whether your home renovation is small or large your project is sure to generate waste. Knowing where to throw away these items can be frustrating. We’ll help you figure out how to get rid of construction debris.

Construction Debris

Building materials or home renovation waste are discouraged from the household waste stream (your home trash can or small front loading dumpster). This type of waste includes:
  • Boards
  • Drywall
  • Flooring and carpet
  • Windows and doors
  • Roofing materials
The longer boards and other items can impede compaction equipment or possibly even damage a typical trash truck. Used building materials are best disposed of in an open top roll-off dumpster. Most construction materials are perfectly acceptable in this type of dumpster, but certain appliances cannot be loaded into a dumpster. Refrigerators and air conditioners may still contain freon, a chlorofluorocarbon that can be harmful to the atmosphere when released. Toxins form on materials from older homes, hence the need to dispose of as a hazardous waste. Siding or insulation may contain asbestos, and lead may be found in the old pipes or roof vents. materials from older homes must be disposed of as hazardous waste. Always check with your local landfill for information regarding procedures for proper disposal and lists of unacceptable items. Look for ways in your area to donate kitchen cabinets and appliances that are still usable (Save Money Save Space). This will certainly save space and weight in your dumpster.   Check out our List of Unacceptable or Hazardous Wastes and how to dispose of them!

Roofing Materials

If your renovation project requires tearing off all or a large section of your roof, expect your load to become very heavy. The most common types of asphalt shingles weigh roughly 250 lbs per 100 square feet of roof. It’s also important to find out if the roof has more than one layer of shingles, because this could impact your weight calculations further. An average 2,000 sq ft home might have the weight of close to 10,000 lbs (5 tons) of shingle debris. Ask your local roofing supply store for recommendations for alternative shingle disposal in your area.

Concrete, Earth, Masonry, Tile

All of the items in this list get heavy extremely fast and may be exorbitant to dispose of at regular rates in a typical dumpster. It’s always very important to inform your disposal company when you place any of these items into a waste container. You may be responsible if there are any damages to the company’s equipment or if the load exceeds legal limits for over-the-road transportation.   The best method of disposal for any of the listed items is a clean fill disposal. “Clean fill” essentially means that the load only contains items such as dirt, sand, masonry or concrete. These materials usually won’t break down the way that wood or other organic items do. Do not include trash in a clean fill load, it is illegal and you will be penalized. Clean fill locations are generally areas such as a “stump dump” or property that is filling in a holler or depression in the land. These places generally require permission and/or agreements ahead of time. Illegal dumping fines can be costly, so do your due diligence.

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Yard Waste

Yard waste can’t hurt anything in the landfill, but it’s separated due to it taking up unnecessary space when there are many alternatives that exist for discarding it. It’s more time consuming, but more responsible, to find alternatives ways to dispose of yard waste, and may help save important space in your dumpster. Taking city yard waste to a local recycling location is the best alternative.