Building your dream home can be an exciting experience but it can also be taxing. Especially when you have to deal with construction waste. It can be all the worse if you are planning to demolish an existing house and then build a new one. By recycling construction waste, you will not only do the environment some good but also save your hard-earned money spent on buying the construction materials in the first place.

For your convenience, we have shared some of the most amazing ways to recycle construction waste. Let’s check them out.

BEST WAYS TO RECYCLE CONSTRUCTION WASTE

Here’s a list of ways to utilize construction waste and make something useful. Let’s take a look.

  • Garden table and chair set
  • Gazebo 
  • Pathway stepping stones 
  • Scrap wood into bird feature 
  • Decoration items from glass
  • Replenishing fruit trees
  • Marble cutouts to be made into tables 
  • Insulation
  • Rock garden 

Let’s discuss each of the above points one by one.

GARDEN TABLE AND CHAIR SET 

Make garden and table chair set

Garden and table chair set made out of construction waste!

One of the best out of construction waste activities can be to make use of the leftover wooden planks and turn them into a garden table and chair set. Either have your carpenter make it or use your skills and make your own DIY project. It is quite easy to make. All you need are a bunch of nails to screw the wooden planks together and there you have it – a beautiful garden table and chair set – without spending a fortune on it!

GAZEBO 

Build a gazebo

Make a stunning gazebo out of scrap wooden boards

This is, hands down, one of the best ways to recycle construction waste is to build a gazebo! It will not only act as a quiet retreat in your backyard for you to unwind after a hectic schedule, but it will also be a welcoming addition in your garden for your guests. 

If you are building your dream home and there are large pieces of wooden boards left off your construction activity, then you must create a gazebo. Use these boards to create the roof of the gazebo. Make the structure stand on wooden posts. If you don’t have wooden posts, you can buy them from a local store.

If you don’t have large wooden boards to construct a DIY gazebo, you can maybe build your own trellis in the garden using leftover wooden planks from your latest construction project. Hang flowering plants from the trellis to give your garden a beautiful decor.

PATHWAY STEPPING STONES 

Cement is perhaps a major construction material used in building a house. If you have bags of cement leftover from your construction project, you can create some amazing DIY stepping stones! Mix some cement with water, use a mould of your choice (any round plastic container would do). 

Pour the mixture into the mould. You can be creative with your stepping stones. Add colourful pebbles on top of the mixture, while it is wet. Wiggle in the pebbles so that they are set once the stepping stone is dry and can come out of the mould.

You can also involve your kids in this fun activity. You can use their hand prints just when the wet cement mixture is settling down a bit. So, there you go your DIY stepping stones – one of the best out of construction waste activities.

SCRAP WOOD INTO BIRD FEATURE 

There are loads of scrap wood once your house is built. Make use of the scrap wood into a wonderful bird feature for your garden. Use your carpentry skills and create a beautiful bird feature from repurposed plywood.

If you have more scrap pieces of wood lying around, don’t throw them into the bin, try these scrap wood DIY projects and make useful home decor items without spending a penny.

DECORATION ITEMS FROM GLASS 

Stick broken shards of glass on the boundary wall

Broken pieces of glass can be put up on the boundary wall to scare stray cats away

Say, for instance, you are building a 5 marla house. While calculating the construction cost of a 5 marla house, you realize that you have spent quite a lot of money in mirror and glass work.

So, if there are some useful glass pieces left off from your house construction, don’t just discard it. You might use these glass pieces in some home decor items. How? Well, if there is an oddly shaped cut-out mirror, you can stick it to a wall and glass paint it to make it an attractive feature in your house. 

If you have shards of glass, don’t throw them. They can actually help you keep stray cats, robbers and thieves away! Stick them on your boundary wall, using some cement and concrete mixture. 

REPLENISHING IRON IN FRUIT TREES

In constructing your dream home, you would need grills for added protection on your windows. If some iron rods are left over from your construction project, you can place them in the soil to replenish the much-needed iron your big fruiting trees need.

MARBLE CUTOUTS TO BE MADE INTO TABLES 

marble coffee table

Marble table made out of construction waste

Marble is used to make the kitchen countertop when constructing a house. So, if a large cut-out marble piece is leftover, you can have it cut in a round shape and use the leftover sarya or iron rods as stands. There you go! You have the perfect marble top coffee table! 

INSULATION

Rubber is also generally used when building a house. You can make strips out of leftover rubber and use them to insulate your doors and windows. Make your windows draft-proof by sticking rubber strips on your windows and doors. If there is a draft in your window, it will not only allow cool winds to enter but also the blood-sucking parasites – mosquitoes. Make sure to completely cover your windows and doors using these rubber strips from your construction project.

LOGS AND STONES AS BONFIRE AREA

Create your own bonfire area! If there are large plumbing pipes leftover from your construction project, don’t discard them. This is perhaps one of the best ways to recycle construction waste. All you have to do is cut the plumbing pipes and stick them on the ground. Get some logs and place them on these plumbing pipes. This will be a perfect seating arrangement for your bonfire party at home!

ROCK GARDEN 

DIY Rock Garden

Make your own rock garden from leftover boulders

If you are building your house in a mountainous terrain, it is quite likely that lots of rocks and stones are excavated in the process.

You can make use of large boulders and rocks by simply converting them into a beautiful rock garden. Place some plants and flowering pots into the DIY rock garden and let it stand out as a beautiful garden feature in your home.

So, these were some of the best ways to recycle construction waste. If you like to work around repurposed projects, then try these creative ways to recycle old tyres.

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