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PLATTSBURGH Thinking of remodeling? Consider taking time to plan on how to get rid of debris.

Tom Green, co-owner/operator of Valley Sanitation, based in Plattsburgh, has several tips to save time and money on renovation and clean-out projects.

The cost of debris removal should be figured into any home improvement project.

It can be a substantial amount depending on what people are doing. If theyre going to do it themselves, they need to ask questions to get a guesstimate, said Green.

Recycling whenever possible saves money and the environment. Some clean wood construction debris can be recycled for fuel. Whenever possible, yard waste should be composted rather than placed into a landfill.

Removing rock, brick or block can quickly add up due to the weight involved, but Green said many people would use the material for clean fill. Projects pulling up concrete sidewalks, pavement, brick or stone can often be recycled. This material weighs a lot so not having to take it to the landfill saves the customer a lot of money.

Save time and fuel using a large roll of container rather than making many small trips to the landfill. Containers as small as three feet high or as large as eight feet high are available to fit any size project.

Valley Sanitation will remove any metal appliance for free. If customers have a mix of debris which includes some metal, Valley Sanitation instructs them to load the metal on last and let the driver know that it is there. He then trucks that to the recycling facility first and then goes on to the landfill. That way, people don't pay any landfill fees for the weight of the metal.

Green cautioned people to be aware of asbestos in old buildings.

If people have a question about removing pipes or old heating, the first thing they should do is contact the Department of Labor and Department of Health, said Green.

Valley Sanitation offers services in Clinton and Essex Counties. For more information, see the ad listed below.

A lot of people like doing business with a locally owned, small business. We are also a full service in that we not only provide residential and commercial service, but we have compactors available, said Green.

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