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Here at Strategic, we understand better than anyone that trash management can be complicated. Residential waste can be organic waste, recyclables, large-items and much more. A common question we get is about the differences between residential and remodeling waste. In this post, we’ll go over the differences and requirements for each and how Strategic can help your community manage them. 

So how are residential and remodeling waste different? Residential waste and remodeling waste are very different categories of items and need different services. Residential waste includes items that residents produce. To clarify, this is not just organic waste such as food, but appliances, furniture and e-waste, as these are items the residents themselves cycle through. Residential waste items are not permanently attached to the inside of apartment or condominium communities and are covered by our Large Item Pick-up service. On the other hand, remodeling waste is items not typically found in residential buildings. Large amounts of remodeling waste may require a Trash Out service.

Another difference between these two categories is their required services. Residential items are automatically picked up by our ServiceTechs at the communities we service in any trash enclosure they’re found in. Remodeling waste and renovation debris on the other hand are not automatically removed by ServiceTechs and need special approval to be handled. This is because many remodeling items can be hazardous to dispose of, such as toilets which can shatter and create hazardous debris.

Here is a guide for what items are residential, automatically removed items, and what items are considered remodeling materials that require special approval:

  • Furniture. Includes couches, tables, mattresses and box springs. 
  • Unattached appliances. These are items like toasters, microwaves and lamps.
  • E-waste. Strategic is a state-approved handler for e-waste such as TV’s, computers and monitors, allowing us to remove them automatically.
  • Home decor. This is non-remodeling home items such as picture frames, large children’s toys or planting pots.
  • Large automotive parts. Large car parts like engines, exhaust systems and tires over 28” 
  • Commercial waste. These are items usually produced by management, such as AC units and large amounts of paint or oil.
  • Renovation waste. These are the typical remodeling items like cabinets, doors, large wooden pallets, tile, toilets and refrigerators. These items require special approval to ensure potentially hazardous materials are handled safely and correctly.

With this guide, you’ll be able to better determine what your community produces and what kind of services Strategic can provide for your properties.

We get trash, and it’s our mission to make trash management as simple and cost-efficient as possible for managers and their communities so they can keep them clean and satisfactory for residents. So whether it’s residential or remodeling waste, we’re prepared and equipped to help your community with its waste needs.

To learn more about how Strategic can meet your waste management needs, contact us today.

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