Demolition On Your Home- What You Can Recycle Or Donate

If you're doing demolition on your home due to repairs or a remodel, you will likely have lots of debris that will need to be disposed of. Rather than throw it all away, learn which supplies can be recycled or donated to charity so you can make a positive impact on the environment.


If carpet is being removed from your home because you are simply upgrading and it hasn't been exposed to water and is free of pet stains, you may be able to donate large pieces of the flooring material to charity. Many used clothing stores or building supply stores are willing to take large rolls of carpeting so they can sell them to people who can't afford (or don't want to pay) new carpet prices. Your local city hall or community center should be able to put you in contract with programs in your area that accepts old building supplies for reuse.

You may be surprised to learn that carpet can be recycled as well, and is often reused as carpet lining for freight cars and more. During your home demolition, toss your carpet aside so it can be used again for a great new purpose.

Cabinets and countertops

Cabinetry and used counter tops can be recycled for the wood value in new items, or you can donate these items to home supply stores or your local thrift shop. If your cabinets have been destroyed in the demolition process but the knobs and handles are in good repair, you can keep them for future use or donate the hardware for recycling or resale.

Window glass

Part of your home's demolition may include installing new windows. You can donate broken or outdated window glass to a recycling center so the glass can be re-purposed into new items. If the windows being removed from your home still have intact frames and are in decent repair, you can donate these items to charity so they can be placed in a new home.

Doors and lumber

Wood is an excellent recyclable item and you will likely have a lot of lumber piling up during your home's demolition. Unbroken and non-warped pieces of lumber can be donated to charity, while broken or 'garbage' lumber can be hauled off to the recycling plant.


Metal siding and roofing can not only be recycled, but you can make some money in doing so. Scrap metal varies in price depending on the time of year, the amount you have and what kind (steel, for example, is more expensive than aluminum), and is a great way to make a little bit of money to help you pay for your demolition or remodel.

When you are doing a home demolition, there are many supplies that can be recycled or donated for a new purpose. From scrap metal to carpet, you can make a world of difference by putting your unwanted building supplies to great use. Contact a business, such as Alpart Scrap Iron & Metals Inc, for more information on metal recycling.