While certainly not the sexiest topic in home renovation, the issue of how to dispose of remodeling waste is becoming more important as it becomes harder to find places to take the stuff. Landfills and transfer stations are concerned about issues like hazardous waste, as well as separating metal, masonry, and other dissimilar materials.
But you just want to get rid of the stuff. How do you do it?
Haul It Yourself
As long as you've got something resembling a long-bed pickup truck or great, you can haul your own remodeling waste to the dump. This is the cheapest option available, but it does come with a few bad points.
Pros: Cheap. Your waste dump is based on weight.
Cons: You really need that long-bed pickup truck. When remodeling, you'll find that pickups fill up faster than you might expect (that's why the hauling companies use larger trucks). Also, transfer stations are more highly regulated, so it's not just a matter of pushing all the waste out; you'll need to separate the materials.
You create a mess, throw it anywhere, and someone else comes to pick it up. Typically, you'll want to move the remodeling waste as close to the curb as possible to facilitate pickup. Haulers can come farther into yards or into the house, but they will add a fee for this.
Pros: Eliminates the need for having to find space or permits for a rolloff bin. Also, most of these hauling companies are independent and will negotiate with you.
Cons: Difficult to predict costs. You've got that terrible mess cluttering your house or yard until pickup time (a tarp will help). And it's too easy to lose sight of the growing size of your remodeling waste. With a rolloff, the available space is always apparent.
Cost: 0 to $$$
Pros: The trash is neatly sequestered in the rolloff. Rolloffs are, by far, the most professional way to dispose of your remodeling waste. Multiple sizes are available, from 10 cubic yards to 40 cubic yards. Even materials that are difficult to dispose of, such as masonry, are acceptable in rolloffs.
Cons: You will quickly find that your neighbors love your rolloff (usually surreptitiously, in the middle of the night). Permits needed if you park the rolloff on the street. Remember that you are renting the rolloff, so costs can mount even if you are not using it.
An interesting hybrid between a hauling company and a rolloff.
Pros: Keeps your remodeling waste contained (but still visible). Reasonably predictable pickup costs.
Cons: Bagster still not available in many major areas. Limited size not appropriate for large remodeling projects such as an entire room demolition.
As long as you've got the space, why not throw your remodeling junk in the residential trash? On the face of it, this sounds like a viable plan. In the end, this is hardly worth considering, due to the limited space.
Pros: Free. Even though you do pay for your residential trash pickup, it can be considered as "free."
Cons: Space restrictions. Home remodeling waste is big; residential cans are little.