How Much Waste Do Kitchen Remodels Produce?

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Kitchen remodels can produce a lot of waste. If you are planning to do one soon, you may be wondering just how much waste the construction will produce and what exactly to do with it. How much debris the remodel will produce depends on several factors.

Types of Debris in Kitchen Remodels

Kitchens have more debris than other renovations, mainly because this is the busiest room in the house. You’ll find you’ll need to dispose of several types of debris including:

  • Cabinets and Shelving
  • Countertops
  • Flooring
  • Appliances
  • Sinks
  • Plumbing and Wiring Debris (if you’re going that deep with your remodel)
  • Drywall

Depending on when your kitchen was last remodeled, you may have some waste that is dangerous. It’s important to know this ahead of time so you can have the proper protective equipment and disposal methods in place before you get started. Hazardous debris can include:

  • Light bulbs containing mercury
  • Aerosol paint cans
  • Refrigerators
  • Asbestos-containing materials

Size and Severity of the Kitchen Remodel

The size of your kitchen will determine how much debris you’ll produce. A small kitchen won’t have as many cabinets, countertops or flooring to dispose of as a large kitchen.

But what you are remodeling will make difference in waste, too. If you’re just replacing kitchen cabinets, you won’t have to worry about as much debris as someone who is gutting their entire kitchen and starting anew.

Disposing of Waste

Regardless of the size of your remodel, you’ll still have quite a bit of waste. Most of the waste in landfills is from construction jobs, so you should try to recycle as much of the debris as possible. To do this, you’ll need to organize your debris as you demo your kitchen. Some of the debris you can recycle includes:

  • Concrete
  • Metal
  • Clean Wood
  • Insulation
  • Fixtures
  • Some Appliances
  • Plastics
  • Glass (un-tempered)

Separating debris into plastic trash cans or simply putting it in piles will make it easier to dispose of once the demo is done. But there’s no way around it, you’ll need to rent a dumpster.

If you’re having trouble determining how big of a dumpster you’ll need for your kitchen remodel, contacts us today.




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