Though there are a lot of benefits associated with a strip out demolition project, it can equally come with its fair share of problems. Just like any other type of construction work, strip out demolitions always result in the creation of waste.

If not properly handled, this waste poses as a significant danger to your health and to the environment. Thankfully, nearly every bit of this waste can be recycled. Recycling helps reduce strip out waste, save disposal fees and helps conserve the environment.

If you are in the market for either a major or small renovation project, there are significant opportunities to recycle and reuse, which may help keep construction-related debris out of the landfill and reduce your remodelling costs at the same time.

Why is it essential to recycle strip out waste?

If you consider the sheer volume of materials which are either used or destroyed during the entire remodelling process, recycling construction waste makes logical sense. Recycling your strip out wastes is vital because:

  • It reduces the demand for new materials.
  • It reduces costs associated with the production and transportation of new resources.
  • It eliminates the need to send construction rubbish to landfill sites.

What are some examples of strip out waste?

The most common remodelling and demolition waste materials which can be recycled are:

  • Concrete
  • Asphalt Paving
  • Untreated timber
  • Metallic components
  • Timber and large dimension lumber.
  • Plastic containers.
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Appliances and fixtures such as baths and sinks

What are some of the innovative ideas to recycle strip out debris?

Fixtures and appliances

Most appliances and fixtures are durable. If your remodelling project includes a major structural renovation, and you are planning to install new appliances, there are some things you can do with your old ones. If the old fixtures are in good working condition, consider donating them. You can also recycle the appliances at your local recycling centre. If the fixtures and appliances no longer function, find a recycling facility to pick them up.

Concrete and masonry

Once regarded as mere garbage, unwanted concrete is now commonly recycled and reused, freeing up space in landfills and saving homeowners a lot of cash. When masonry rubble and concrete are removed from the site, the waste can be transported to a crushing centre for a fee.

However, it should be noted that these facilities only accept concrete which is free from trash, metal, wood and other forms of debris. You can also crush concrete and reuse it in pavement for driveways and roads. On the other hand, metallic components such as steel, copper and aluminium can be sold to scrap-metal facilities.

Doors, windows

If you can reuse some of your old window and doors in your renovation project, then you should. Old doors and windows are frequent finds at yard sales and flea markets. If you don’t feel like donating yours for free to other people, you can as well sell them for a fee.

Roofing shingles

Did you know that you can recycle your roofing shingles? Most asphalt shingle manufacturers offer recycling education to contractors to help them provide environmentally friendly roofing solutions. Asphalt roofing shingles are a common roofing material. Thanks to the asphalt content, such shingles are highly recyclable. You can transform shingle wastes into asphalt pavement driveways and pathways within your home.


What would a structure be without drywall? Drywall is usually made of gypsum sandwiched between two paper sheets. It is a prime material used in home interior remodelling and construction projects. Thin and lightweight gypsum drywall boards are revered for their fast installation and affordability.

Drywall is easy to reuse and recycle. Gypsum is great for neutralizing the pH of soils that are acidic. What’s more, it enhances the capacity of sandy soils to retain water and equally helps to soften clay soils. You can add it to your garden, depending on the properties of the soil. Drywall also contains some elements of boron, which is not only a fire retardant but a plant nutrient as well. This implies that you can add it to your garden to provide your plants with nutrient-rich food.

Wood and lumber

Timber recycling is arguably the environmentally friendliest method of timber production. Recycling wood products has become a popular practice due to their image as eco-friendly products. Lumber and timbers longer than six feet, flooring and plywood can all be reused, if they are in good working condition.

However, it should be noted that treated wood cannot be recycled and should be disposed of as demolition waste. Thanks to the incredible moisture retaining properties of timber, you can use it as animal bedding, in mulching and as compost. Wood materials that are relatively larger and are in good condition can be sold to other organisations for a profit. Paper and cardboards also fall into this category. If they are no longer useful, you can easily dump them into your compost.

Paul’s Rubbish Removal can help you recycle strip out waste

Not only can we help you strip out and demolish any non-load bearing structures, but we’ll also properly dispose of your debris and waste. At Paul’s Rubbish Removal, we always adhere to the best rubbish removal practices in Sydney. Our licensed strip out team has more than 10 years of industry experience to safely and efficiently hand remove your fixtures.

Contact our strip out team today on 0407 125 125 for quick and easy removal services!

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