Waste disposal / Guides

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...disposal – there are people willing to come and pick up the most unusual of items – pieces of drywall, floor boards, cabinetry, old windows etc. Separating waste; keep like materials together for easier recycling or pickup by others. Keep unrecyclable and toxic materials separate for easier disposal. Short length...

Disposing of household waste properly - recycling, garbage & toxic materials
Kitchens

Waste management: compost and recycling

...waste management, first determine just what services are available in your municipality so you can sort your waste properly. Not all collection and disposal services are the same in all regions - recycling, compost collection, toxic waste depots, etc., but your local municipality will be able to provide you with that i...

How to organize food in your fridge to make it last longer
Lifestyle and environment

Fridge organization - how to optimize fridges to reduce food waste (and why it matters)

...waste. Instead, two very different measures describe the amount of food loss and waste in the United States: EPA estimates : 2010 was selected as a baseline for the US at 218.9 pounds of food waste per person sent for disposal. The 2030 FLW reduction goal aims to reduce food waste going to landfills by 50% to 109.4...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...waste that will be sent to a landfill. From a material conservation and sustainability point of view, that would always be our recommended course of action if the costs aren’t too prohibitive, as upgrading existing buildings always comes up on top in terms of a full lifecycle analysis . Unfortunately some homes are bey...

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...waste , composting , disposing of construction waste and other easy lifestyle changes to reduce your environmental footprint in these pages : Building with recycled shipping pallets How to sort and dispose of compost and household waste How to grow food at home sustainably in a backyard lasagna garden...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare? How could it be optimized?

...wastewater from washing machines, showers, bathtubs and bathroom sinks are recycled and purified for use with toilets. With no municipal hookup, the only source of water is from rain and snow melt; this is recovered and stored in a 20,000 litre concrete tank buried in the backyard of the house. In addition to mechanica...

Spray Foam Insulation - Is it Good or Toxic & Dangerous?
Insulation and soundproofing

Is spray foam insulation a good choice for your home? Or a toxic recipe for disaster?

...disposal of the product itself and anything it touches. The biggest problem we have with spray foam from a sustainability standpoint, is that it is undeniably made of toxic chemicals, some of which will pollute the indoor air long after owners take occupancy of a home. And once it is applied to a substrate, it is e...

Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

...waste. Much of the materials available online come from decommissioned commercial buildings rather than houses, as the quantities available are worth the effort of involving a broker. But for residential builders looking to acquire inexpensive building materials such as insulation and flooring etc, you will often get...