How to Recycle Your Windows This Year

How to Recycle Your Windows This YearYour windows may not be the first thing that you think to recycle when it comes to household items, but they should be up there. When you work with a company like Valley Windows it’s true that you won’t need to recycle them as frequently as when you work with other companies, but you’re still going to want to think about the lifecycle and where the materials will go when the time has come to update them.

That’s where we come in. The Valley Windows team knows exactly how to design, how to source, how to install and how to maintain the best windows and doors for your property. It’s why we say that we provide a better view. We like to put our money where our mouths are and we stand behind the advice that we give our customers. Hence, this lovely Valley Windows blog. Well, it’s one of several reasons that we wanted to stand it up. Others include our commitment to success for not only our team but for you – our customers. With this blog, we know that you and yours will have the tools to turn your house into a home.

In that spirit, today, we’re sharing our two cents on the best ways to continue the life cycle of your windows and doors. Read on for our advice and recommendations:

First things first, there is value in recycling your windows and doors. You might have a broken window or a door that doesn’t properly fit its frame. You might come home day after day and be more and more confused and frustrated about the current state of your home. It’s time to recycle and to update. Don’t look at it as simply disposing of an important piece of your home, think of it as paying it forward to an individual or organization who can benefit much further.

Next up, how do you go about the process? Call in experts like those at Valley Windows who can easily come in and remove your window or door and get it exactly where it needs to go. Want to do it yourself? There are a few different steps that you’ll want to take. First, make sure that you separate glass that is trash from glass that is recyclable. If it has cracks, holes or chips in it, it needs to go in the trash. The same goes for a glass that is soiled or stained. Chip it out with a hammer and ensure that you cover it with a thick towel so that you don’t hurt yourself. Bonus points if you remember safety goggles.

Next up, it’s likely that your city or town won’t automatically recycle your windows or doors. They might, if you live in certain places, but you’d be lucky. If you’re feeling lucky, you can check out organizations like the Building Materials Reuse Association or RecycleWorks. Even if they don’t have branches in your area, they’ll be able to point you in the right direction. Local nonprofits are another great resource and chances are good that you’ll find a company that you’re passionate about.