After finishing a DIY task, especially a remodeling project, there’s a good chance there will be a lot of things discarded as well as unused items. Different types of materials require different care. Metals should be cleaned and sorted prior to selling them for scrap as not all metals can be sold together, and clean metals have a higher value. Not all wood is recycled the same, too.
Refrigerants and compounds must be removed from appliances before they’re recycled for parts. Typically, non-contaminated refrigerants can be taken back to the wholesaler for exchange. If contaminated, it will need to be sent to a reclamation facility. Also ask a local recycling center whether recyclables are in compliance with state and local regulations.
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