Insulation materials are used to create a thermal envelope that reduces heat transfer in a building. It is used in the construction of various areas of a building. Insulation has great positive effects on the environment as it is a sustainable form of energy conservation since it ensures that the temperature desired is maintained; whether it is cool or heated.

There are a variety of materials that are used as insulation materials. Some of the materials used include cellulose, fiberglass, and foam.

Today, green building is being recommended. Insulation materials are very useful and help in green building by helping conserve energy. However, after it has been used and is removed, it can be complicated trying to dispose it of. This is because most of the materials do not decompose. Instead, they take in a lot of water that makes them heavier and bulkier to store. In this case, it is more convenient to reuse leftover materials as opposed to dumping them out which causes pollution.

The fastest and easiest way of dealing with leftover insulation is trying to find a use for it within your home. In most instances, the attic and the basement always require some extra padding. Adding the extra insulation ensures the extra spaces are fully functional as additional rooms. If you have exhausted use for your insulation in your home, you can always sell it over the internet. If you are not lucky enough to find an interested buyer, then recycling is the way to go.

Different forms of insulation material are recycled in various ways.

Recycling Fiberglass

Besides making the fiberglass boards, leftover fiberglass can be used to make acoustical fiberglass ceiling tiles. Fiberglass is a product that cannot be disposed of in any safe way as it does not decompose and therefore the best way to get rid of it is by recycling it.

Once it has been used and removed, fiberglass can be ground and used to insulate between the attic joists.  In doing this, the cost of putting up the building is reduced significantly.

Recycling Foam

Polystyrene is a plastic form used in the structural building of houses. It includes cement and post-consumer plastic foam that can then be used to make concrete forms that are well insulated. It is also known as the spray foam.

The spray foam is used to form an air barrier that also works to seal a wall, a floor or the ceiling to prevent any air movement and hence maintain the temperature as required.

Recycling Cellulose

Cellulose insulation materials are often made from recycled paper or recycled clothes materials. It is the most natural insulation material available. Some of the ways to recycle it would be in the following ways:

  • Fitting the scraps of woolen wrapping around a tub, particularly in its casing and fastening it making the tub retain its heat whenever a warm bath is prepared.
  • Leftover hemp insulation can be fitted at the back of the attic hatch to fix any heat-leaking space. This can easily make the attic more usable as a room as opposed to being just a storage space.
  • Use some cosywool to pad the kennel of your pet to ensure it is warm during the winter. It can fill in the cracks and nooks to keep out the icy temperatures. However, ensure that it is well boarded up to prevent it from being torn down by your furry friend.
  • Ultrawool can be used to cover the heater to prevent the loss of the temperature from the water hence assisting in energy conservation.

The leftover attic insulation materials can be batted into smaller pieces and then used to insulate round objects and also smaller awkward voids that need filling. Additionally, air ducts and piping could have extra insulation to reduce freezing and ensure that the temperature is moderated and controlled.

What do you do when recycling is on your mind but you do not know how to go about it? Well, a majority of construction debris removal companies work in collaboration with recycling companies. You can always assign them the role of disposing of your leftover insulating material. They will, in turn, deliver the material to the recycling plant dealing in the specific material for recycling.

You can contact Paul’s Rubbish Removal on 0407 125 125 to come and take away your leftover insulating material at a small fee.

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