9 things to donate when renovating

 Building materials in a Habitat ReStore

If anything is a constant in home improvement, it’s the trash. Home improvement projects tend to leave behind plenty of sawdust, screws and scraps of wood.

Donating your renovation materials keeps functional — and often desirable — items out of the landfill. Other renovators get the materials they need for their projects, and you get to help others while getting rid of your trash. Midcoast Habitat offers free easy pickups every Tuesday, and your donation may qualify for a tax deduction. Donating is a win-win situation!

9 types of construction waste that can be donated:

1. Sinks, toilets and bathtubs

Donating is a great way to keep these bulky items out of the landfill. If you’re donating a bathtub or sink it must be white or off white, make sure that they are not stained and do not have chips in the porcelain. If you are remodeling an older bathroom, your vintage fixtures might be surprisingly popular at the ReStore.

2. Cabinets

Remodeling a kitchen often means replacing kitchen cabinets. Luckily, someone else may want those kitchen cabinets you remove, and recycling them will cut down on construction waste. Kitchen cabinets should be in good working order: Check to make sure that the drawer pulls work, and keep the doors and drawers together when you donate them.

3. Working appliances

You also can donate working appliances like stoves, refrigerators and washing machines. They need to be clean and in good working order.

4. Doors and windows

Both internal and external doors can be used by someone else. The most useful doors are clean and undamaged, so look for holes or alterations before donating. Sliding glass patio doors also can be donated. If you are donating sliding glass doors or windows, checking for cracks or holes in the glass is particularly important; these cracks might make the glass unstable and likely to break and seals need to be in place.

5. Lumber

Wood from framing or home improvement projects can be easily recycled. Midcoast ReStore accepts donated lumber without exposed nails and screws because these can pose a safety hazard. Trim/molding must be 4′ in lengths or longer and milled  lumber  must be 8′ lengths or longer. Other concerns include wood with ripped or sharp edges and some types of treated wood.

6. Tiles and wood flooring

Midcoast Habitat only accepts tiles and wood flooring that is new and 25 sq ft and more.

7. Lighting

Light fixtures can be donated.  Midcoast ReStore often has a high demand for working light fixtures.

8. Door handles and cabinet knobs

Many people replace door handles and cabinet knobs to update a room’s appearance. These fixtures are often still in good condition and can be donated. Door handles will be most useful when all the parts are kept together, so put all of the pieces in a bag before donating.

9. Windows and Screens

All windows must have an insulation value. We do not take single pane window or sashs. All windows need to be complete units, in good condition with all glass intact and seals not broken.

Please call us at 207-236-6123 or email restore@midcoasthabitat if you have any questions or would like to schedule a pick up.



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