How to Dispose of Insulation

If you have some insulation you’re looking to dispose of, there are plenty of options for getting rid of it safely and properly. The most ideal way to do so will likely depend on the type, quantity and condition of the insulation you have.

Safety First

Before you handle or attempt bag up any fiberglass insulation, you’ll want to make sure to wear gloves and long sleeves, since the fibers can cause itching and irritation if it comes in contact with your skin. If you’re disposing of cellulose insulation, you’ll also want to wear a dust mask, since this type of insulation is comprised of small particles that shouldn’t be breathed in.

With those safety notes out of the way, here are seven ways to dispose of insulation:

Sell Your Insulation

If you have a large amount of insulation that’s in relatively good condition, you may be able to find an individual or company that will buy it from you. There are businesses that buy and sell insulation for repurposing. Rather than throwing it away or even having to pay to dispose of it, you might be able to get a little cash for your items.

At repurposedMATERIALS, we buy and sell reclaimed materials. We may be interested in purchasing your insulation from you, especially if you have larger quantities that are in good condition. Contact us to find out more.

Place it in Your Trash

Most curbside waste management companies will accept cellulose and fiberglass insulation when you bag it and place it in your waste bin. Check with them first to make sure there are no restrictions.

Take it to a Landfill

If you have a large amount of insulation that won’t fit in your trash bin, you can haul it to a landfill or your municipal waste facility. Just make sure to take it to a facility that accepts construction and demolition waste. Fees may apply.

Recycle It

Some types of insulation can be recycled. Fiberglass, wool and polyurethane foam insulation are sometimes accepted by recycling facilities. Be sure to call before traveling there to make sure they will accept it.

Note that cellulose insulation is made from mostly recycled materials already, but because of the fire-retardant material used to make it, it cannot be recycled.

Donate It

If you decide you can’t reuse the insulation, you may be able to donate it to a charitable organization that needs building materials. See if your city or town has a materials exchange program. You may be able to identify a potential recipient to give it to.

Rent a Dumpster

If you’re doing a bigger demolition and have a large volume of insulation, renting a dumpster might be a good option. Dumpster services may be available in your areas to deliver the dumpster and pick it up when once it’s full. This can make good financial sense if you have other debris to get rid of while you’re at it.

Reuse or Repurpose it

As long as the insulation is in relatively good condition, there’s really no reason it can’t be put back into service and reused. Many companies that blow in cellulose can vacuum it up and blow it back in, to fluff it up and achieve the desired depth again. Fiberglass and foam boards can also be reused, as long they haven’t been compromised by mold, moisture or mildew. Here are a few ideas for repurposing insulation:

  • Ice fishing shacks. Reusing fiberglass or foam board insulation to line the wall of your ice fishing shanty is a great way to weatherproof it.
  • Garages. Insulating a previously uninsulated garage can help lower home heating bills and keep your car warmer during those chilly winter months.
  • Dog houses. Use insulation to give your best friend an outdoor refuge from the cold.
  • Barns and livestock shelters. Use insulation on barns and coops to keep your animals warm and safe when temperatures drop.

More at repurposedMATERIALS

At repuporsedMATERIALS, we’re big believers in keeping things out of landfills by finding second users for reclaimed items and materials. If there’s something you have that you’re trying to get rid of, chances are there’s somebody out there who wants it. Depending on what you have, we may even be willing to buy it from you. Contact us today.

While you’re at it, check out the huge inventory of used and unused materials at repurposedMATERIALS today. You may just find some things that are perfect for your next project at unbeatable prices!

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