(AP) When it comes to recycled materials, it’s easy to fall short.
Most of the time, you’re better off using recyclable materials from landfills and waste management sites instead.
And while you may be tempted to use the materials in a building that’s been sitting in a landfill for years, the chances are they’ll end up in the trash, not in your home.
Here are some ways to recycle and reuse building materials: Landfill recyclables: Many landfilling facilities are equipped with freezers where waste is collected and processed to create compost, which can be recycled.
It’s a waste-to-energy process that helps recycle CO2-free building materials like concrete and steel, which is a great way to reuse some of the more expensive materials.
If you can find a landfill that offers freezers, there’s a good chance it has composting facilities, too.
You can also find compostable concrete and wood at many recycling centers, but it’s usually not as inexpensive as it is at home.
You could also find recycled paper or plastic.
If not, the paper and plastic is probably from a building with a lot of dust and debris in it.
Wood scraps: While recycled wood is great for building materials and even a good source of insulation, you might want to consider taking it back to a lumber mill, which uses a lot more of it to make building materials than other types of wood.
It may not be as good as the materials you’re using in your building, but if you can save some of that wood, it can make a great source of building materials.
The wood itself can be reused in a lot other places, including furniture, carpet, appliances, furniture and more.
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