Remodeling? Consider recycling cabinets, appliances

If you plan ahead when remodeling the kitchen and/or bathrooms, consider a complete win-win by donating instead of completely demolishing the things you are replacing, removing or improving.

Nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, Goodwill and the Salvation Army accept gently used appliances, furniture, building materials and household goods.

Here’s a brief rundown on the various items you can choose to donate, either out of concern for the planet by keeping your unwanted items out of the landfill or for others less fortunate than you who would be happy to receive these hand-me-downs.


Make sure whoever is removing cabinets to make room for the newer version handles the old with extreme care. Be sure all the boxes, doors and drawers are removed without damaging the appearance or the function of these pieces. Also, make sure drawers still have all of the necessary parts to work effectively.

It shouldn’t matter if you’ve removed the handles and pulls, just don’t damage the pieces when you remove the designer hardware you had before Kitchen 2.0. Store them in a protected area until the receiving organization picks them up or you arrange to have them dropped off. This is especially important if you are doing a remodel during inclement weather. The last thing you’d want is to destroy items so carefully removed by leaving them outside in the rain or gusty winds.

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If your oven(s), stove, gas cooktop, dishwasher and refrigerator are in good working order when replacing them, find one of those nonprofits near you that accepts such donations. If you are replacing them — either during a remodel or because they no longer work — you can also recycle them as an alternative to the landfill.

The same process – reuse or recycle – can be done for sinks and toilets.

Interior and exterior doors

Going for the charming and trendy split Dutch door? Or maybe you’ll be replacing sliding glass doors with retractable/disappearing glass doors along the back of the house? Look for an organization that will take your gently removed throwaways.

Door handles

Regardless of whether you’re doing complete remodel and changing out all of your door and cabinet hardware or just updating the look of your home with a very cost-effective accessory, your unwanted door handles and cabinet pulls can find a new home.

According to the limited research I conducted, it is suggested you put each handle and its related hardware, nuts and screws into individual baggies, so the next owner has all of the parts in one place.

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Think ahead before you move ahead with your home improvement projects and you may be able to improve someone else’s home and be kind to the planet. Just make sure your contractor, handyman or other designated demolition expert is on board with your plan.

Leslie Sargent Eskildsen is an agent with RealtyOne Group West.  She can be reached at 949-678-3373 or 

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