sell recycled materials from renovationsMost consumers throw out all of the materials that they remove from their homes during renovations. Any leftover new materials go the same route. In fact all of the renovation shows on TV make a big deal of wreaking everything as they remove the old shelves, cupboards, sinks, faucets and toilets to prepare the space. They take sledge hammers to everything and it all goes out in one of those big trash bins or in a bagster like the one shown here. However if you are careful you can sell recycled materials from renovations. At the very least the material is being reused. You might even make some money from the old items.

Sell Recycled Materials from Renovations

Not everything can be recycled or sold to someone else. Sometimes the only way to remove something is to take a sledge hammer to it. But many items, if carefully removed can be reused or even resold.

Kitchen cupboards make great storage areas in your garage or in the basement. You just need to remove them carefully. Faucets that are being removed and in working order can be sold. Many people look for used materials to reuse them in cottages etc.

One time I sold a used toilet for $10 to a guy who was renting an apartment and somehow had broke his toilet. For $10, he was able to replace the broken toilet with mine. It was in good shape, very clean and in working order. Much better than have it take up space in a landfill spot somewhere.

Many items are just beyond recycling. Carpets for example are usually quite warn down and possibly dirty. Tiles are usually broken as they are being removed. Mirrors can sometimes be removed without damaging them. Light fixtures are another favorite item to be considered for recycling if they are removed carefully.

Window blinds are often custom made to fit a certain size of window. They can be difficult to get rid of. However we offered some blinds for free one time on a free advertising page. They were picked up almost immediately by a family who ran a boys school and needed blinds for the windows. They did not need an exact match.


Before you take the sledge hammer to your old stuff take a moment to consider whether the item you are about to demolish can be reused or even sold at a bargain price. It can be a win win situation. The buyer saves some money and you the seller makes a little bit to help pay for the renovation work you are doing.