What to do with DIY waste
Planning a DIY project?
Have a peek at these tips on how to reuse or recycle as much DIY waste as possible.
Reusing materials from household DIY
Here is a list of what you can do to reuse unwanted items from household rennovations.
(Reuse is the best option but please note if you take items to a local Household Waste Recycling Centre some charges and limits may apply. Click here to find out more about this.)
Bricks, building rubble and soil
These can be advertised on sites such as Preloved, Freegle, Freecycle and Gumtree.
People often use these materials for garden renovations such as rockeries or landscaping. You may be surprised at the amount of people that want to take them off your hands!
Appliances such as fridges, freezers or cookers can be taken to your local furniture reuse group where they will be refurbished and either donated or sold on.
You could also try advertising unwanted appliances on sites such as Preloved, Freegle, Freecycle or Gumtree.
If you have lots of garden waste, why not try composting it at home? Composting is natures way of recycling and will produce nutrient rich compost which is great for your garden. Have a look here to find a handy guide on composting and here for info on reduced priced compost bins.
Ensure your furniture is reused by taking it to your local furniture reuse group where it will be restored and either donated or sold on. Some reuse groups may collect your unwanted furniture for free.
Furniture can also be advertised on sites like Gumtree, Preloved, Freegle or Freecycle or donated to some Charity Shops.
If you’ve just completed your new paint job and there isn’t enough left in the tin there is a the community repaint scheme, click here to find your nearest drop off point.
You could also try advertising unwanted paint on sites such as Gumtree, Preloved, Freegle or Freecycle.
If you are replacing your power tools ensure that all working tools are reused by giving them away or advertising them on sites such as Gumtree, Preloved, Freegle and Freecycle.
If you have replaced your bathroom and are unsure what to do with your old suite, you could try giving them away or advertising it on sites such as Gumtree, Preloved, Freegle and Freecycle.
If you have wood leftover from recent DIY projects you can try advertising on sites such as Gumtree, Freegle, Freecycle and Preloved. People sometimes need wood for their own DIY projects and will often collect it from your house.
Recycling materials from household DIY
Most DIY materials can be taken to Household Waste Recycling Centres however charges and limits may apply:
Recycling Centres in Devon: From April 1st 2015 additional charges will apply to some DIY materials. Please see here to find out more information.
Recycling Centres in Torbay: Click here for more information.
Recycling Centres in Plymouth: Click here for more information.