Repurposing Waste – Kitchen Demolition

Leftover materials from the construction industry constitute a huge percentage of waste around the world, every year.

We all need to do our part to reduce this rubbish, no matter the scale of our impact.

For instance, if you’re planning a renovation, you can contribute by repurposing the materials you strip out during your kitchen demolition.

There are a variety of materials that can be used again in your new kitchen, sold as second-hand construction materials or donated to charities that specialise in repurposing construction waste.

As we should all strive to operate more sustainably, repurposing the waste from your kitchen demolition is a much better outcome than throwing your waste straight into landfill.

Moreover, by reusing materials from your kitchen demolition, you can save yourself money, or even make a little extra income on top.

As a professional rubbish removal contractor, Sydney City Rubbish are here to help you repurpose and recycle your construction waste.

In that vein, here are some common kitchen waste items that can be repurposed.


Tiles will most likely cover some portion of the walls in your kitchen.

It could be old, cracked and falling apart. In that case, it’s probably destined for the skip.

However, if it’s in good condition, tiling can be removed carefully and saved for cleaning and reuse.

Deconstruction can take a little longer than simply smashing the tiling to pieces with some heavy-duty tools, but in the long run it can save you money and reduce your impact on the environment.

As well as that, removing tiles carefully makes your kitchen demolition far cleaner, meaning less mess when it finally comes to the clean up.


Solid benchtops are very durable, but often disposed of far too prematurely.

Benchtops made of heavy duty materials such as marble, quartz, concrete, steel or expensive hardwood are the best candidates for repurposing.

It may simply take a sand and polish to bring these benchtops back to their best, but with a little effort you can re-install them in your new kitchen, good as new.

Alternatively, there is a large market for second hand benchtops, so you won’t have any trouble selling it to another home renovator for some extra income.


During a kitchen demolition, the joinery is often the victim of an overzealous sledgehammer or crowbar.

However, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to remove your cabinets with a few tools, to save them for future use.

Cabinetry can be expensive, so when you’re undergoing a kitchen demolition, do your best to remove your cabinets carefully for reuse, sale or donation.


Kitchen fixtures such as taps and sinks can easily be reused elsewhere, if in working order.

These are items that take minimal effort to remove with care, as opposed to tiling or other floor finishes.

Second-hand fixtures can be sold online or donated to charities, or even refinished and used in your new kitchen.


Although flooring will see the most use out of any material in your kitchen, it’s possible that you can reuse it after demolition.

Laminate, tiles and hardwood are all materials that can be repurposed if in good condition, and removed carefully. Reusing your floor finish is a sustainable and cost-saving practice.


Unless they’re faulty or no longer working, there’s no excuse not to reuse, sell or donate your second-hand appliances once your kitchen demolition is complete.

Dishwashers, stoves, ovens and microwaves are all common examples of appliances that are simply (and irresponsibly) thrown away.

There are many people and organisations out there that can give these appliances a new lease on life, so make sure you take advantage of this where possible.

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