Remodeling a house involves many aspects, which include planning, budgeting, buying, and installation. Before that whole process is complete, you will have lots of demolished structures and old plumbing left over. Throughout the entire planning phase, you may not have thought about what to do with all the remnants of your old kitchen or bathroom, but you should not just throw it straight into the trash.
Recycling old plumbing is not as difficult as it might sound. You put out your recycling to the curb every other week, right? Whereas your cereal boxes and soup cans will get picked up on trash day, your old plumbing may need to be taken elsewhere for proper disposal.
Not all materials will be recycled the same, so your first step is to sort out the different materials. Most common materials used in plumbing are plastics, iron and steel. Plastics are not as easily recyclable because they may have toxic solvents, but the iron and steel are accepted by most places. Another commonly used material that can be recycled is brass, which is an alloy made from zinc, copper, tin, and lead.
If you have a recycling center in your area, you can simply drop off your old plumbing yourself. First, give your local recycling center a call and you might save yourself a trip. Ask if some of those pieces can be taken with your normal weekly recycling. If you have other questions, you can also contact your Department of Public Works to see what can be recycled and how.
One more option is to see if you have a private scrap metal company nearby. They may pay you for old pieces of copper, brass or steel. The amount will definitely vary, but having a little extra cash in your pocket is way better than dumping your old plumbing into a landfill.
Before rushing into your next remodeling project, know what you will do with all of your old fixtures and plumbing before it is all tossed into the dumpster. For more information on how to recycle your old plumbing, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.