(Last week, I kicked off a series of posts in which I’ll document the transformation of an old barn into my future workshop.)
CHEMICALS (paints, pesticides, sealants) Most local dumps accept these types of common household waste. Earth911 offers a nifty search tool to locate nearby transfer stations and recycling facilities.
FUELS Home Depot, Lowe’s and many small hardware stores recycle old propane tanks. Simply bring in your old tank when purchasing a new one. When disposing of old gasoline and oil, your best bet is an auto-body shop. They regularly process automotive waste and have the facilities to safely handle yours.
FIBERGLASS INSULATION Be aware that fiberglass can cause severe skin irritation. Be sure to wash your clothes and take a warm shower after handling this type of insulation. As for disposal, if the insulation is still in good condition, you can donate it to a Habitat for Humanity ReStore. If the insulation is wet or moldy, it will longer function and must be taken to a dump. Search "construction materials" on Earth911 to locate local landfills.
FIREWORKS My inner tween rejoiced when I discovered a box of old bottlerockets and smoke bombs — after lighting one off, I remembered that they are scary and explosive. To dispose of fireworks, simply remove the fuses and soak them in water. It's then safe to put them out with your regular trash. Images: Johnny Williams RED BARN RENOVATION • Red Barn Renovation: Where To Begin?