Recycling Building Materials: 7 Ways to Reduce Your Project’s Waste

Waste inevitably occurs during a build, but by recycling building materials, you can reduce this to as low a level as possible. 

Of course, in an ideal world you'd only order exactly the right amount of materials that building your eco house required, but over-ordering by a percentage to account for potential wastage when cutting and installing materials is standard in the construction industry. However, by re-purposing your leftover materials, recycling them or finding them a new home, you'll ensure that as much of your building waste as possible remains out of landfill.

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title and former digital editor of He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.