Tips & Techniques

Careful Kitchen Demolition

Are you planning to remodel your kitchen? You may be planning to DIY the whole thing, or you may just want to cut some costs by handling the demolition on your own, but if you’re in any way involved in ripping out your kitchen, there are a few things you need to know. Demolition is essential for most kitchen renovations, but if it’s not done correctly, you may end up with issues and expenses you didn’t expect.  

  • Be prepared. Look at your demolition as a project, rather than a prelude to a project. Prepare for your demolition project by making sure the electricity, gas, and water have been turned off to the area. If you must have more light than is naturally available, use an extension cord to bring in power for a utility light. Plan for everything you’ll need, from the right tools to appropriate safety gear, to a dumpster for waste removal. Seal off the demolition area from the rest of your house, to prevent drywall, dust, and debris from contaminating other rooms.  
  • Take care of yourself. Be aware that demolition is not a one-person job, even if you’re a pro at DIY. Enlist some help, because it’s a lot of hard work, and can be dangerous if you’re trying to do everything on your own. Wear a respirator or a dust mask, to keep from breathing in particles or chemicals that could be dangerous.  
  • Know what’s under the things you’re demolishing. What’s behind the wall, in back of the cabinets, or under the counter? Do you know the electrical schematic of your home? Where is the gas line? What about the water pipes? It’s important to know exactly what you’re going to encounter before you swing a sledgehammer or wield a crowbar.  
  • Be prepared to clean up properly. Clean as you go, to prevent an overwhelming mess. Rent a roll off dumpster, so that you can easily dispose of waste as you go. If the job is very large, you might want to schedule a pickup for the dumpster more than once during the project. After you’ve disposed of all the major pieces, thoroughly sweep and vacuum the work area before you begin the remodeling portion of the project. Try to get open wall areas and subfloors as clean as possible before they’re sealed back up again, to keep dust and debris out of your walls, floors, and air ducts.  

Whether you’re demolishing your kitchen or completing some other home repair project, if you’re in need of a dumpster, you need Brackenbox. A family owned and operated business, we’ve been serving customers in Chicago for over a decade, providing not only dumpsters but also professional recycling and demolition services. We offer same day delivery, competitive pricing, commercial dumping, and prompt, reliable service. For a complimentary estimate or to learn more about all, we have to offer, call us at 708.339.4100, or contact us through our website.  

At Brackenbox, we are committed to offering dumpsters and recycling services at competitive prices while striving to exceed your expectations. If you are unsure about the type of dumpster you need, please feel free to get in touch with us so we may assist you. We have a wide range of sizes and are happy to provide you with our expert advice.

WHERE TO FIND US:

2300 W. 167th Street Markham, IL 60428

Yard Waste

Here are some things you should know about disposing yard waste:

  • Under Illinois Law, it is illegal to put yard waste in your weekly garbage can, so a rented waste container is the only option for most homeowners.
  • Yard waste includes organic materials like grass, leaves, dead plants, and branches. It does not include dirt, rocks, tree stumps, sod, and food scraps.
  • If you are attempting to dispose of excavated soil, you will need to submit a form LPC-662 to the Illinois Dept of Environmental Protection.
  • And if soil is your yard waste, please order a 10 yard dumpster.

Seasonal & Remodeling

Here are some things you should know about disposing seasonal items:

  • Christmas trees and wreaths are fine, but please be certain to remove the lights.
  • Please see our details on yard waste for brush and leaves.
  • Old snow and other tires are subject to a collect fee.

Here are some things you should know about disposing remolding debris:

  • Most fixtures, removed during a renovation or remodeling project are accepted in a waste container; but please review our page on appliances before throwing it all together.
  • Light fixtures and other such items are acceptable, but please do not dispose of any bulbs at the same time. Also be sure to remove any batteries that may be in some items .
  • Kitchen cabinetry, doors, wallboard, trim and other demolition debris is completely acceptable as well.

Hazardous Waste

Here are some things you should know about disposing hazardous items:

  • Motor oil, gasoline, heating and diesel fuels are all BANNED disposal items.
  • Lithium batteries are considered hazardous and are banned from waste containers.
  • Spent car batteries, which contain lead and harmful acids are hazardous and banned from waste containers.
  • Asbestos waste is hazardous and is banned from disposal in a waste container.
  • Propane tanks are considered hazardous and are banned from disposal in a waste container.
  • Antifreeze of any type contains glycols that considered hazardous and are banned from disposal in a waste container.
  • Pesticides and pool chemicals, especially chlorination tablets are hazardous and banned from disposal in a waste container.
  • Pressurized fire extinguishers and aerosol cans of all types are hazardous and are banned from disposal in a waste container.

Furnishings

Here are some things you should know about old disposed bulk furnishings:

  • Bulk furnishings are acceptable in a rented waste container
  • Mattresses; however, are subject to a State-mandated $10 Fee.
  • Please remember that these items are called 'BULK' because they are BULKY and may take up valuable space in your container. If the items are still in good, serviceable condition, consider reaching out to organizations like Goodwill or The Salvation Army that may have just the use or place to rehome such items.

Electronics

Here are some things you should know about electronics:

  • Illinois has an extremely strict E Waste Ban; hence, there are a number of items we are unable to accept in our dumpster units. These include: Televisions, Computer Consoles, Video players of all types; Cellphones, Smartphones, Gaming Consoles & Stereo Equipment.
  • Many such items are subject to recycling and any electronics store may be able to assist in such matters. .
  • Lithium batteries (rechargeable) and Fluorescent Light Bulbs are readily recyclable at most home centers and may not be placed in a rented waste container.
  • Any of these banned electronic items will be rejected if found in a rented container.

Appliances

Here are some things you should know about appliances:

  • Dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, washers and driers are allowed in a dumpster; however, the doors MUST be removed ahead of disposal. If this is not done, we reserve the right to reject the item(s) or charge a fee for door removal. This in accordance with State Law.
  • Water heaters may be placed in your dumpster unit; but please ensure that it has first been thoroughly drained.
  • By State Law, microwaves must be recycled, which begins with returning them to the appliance store.
  • Should you have any further questions, please call us at 708.339.4100.

Are You a Contractor, Looking for Additional Services?

Then, if you are new to Brackenbox, please be sure to drop us a line at...

Dump & Return -

Need us to come, grab your container, empty it and return it for refilling? We can do that!

Attentive Driver -

(Live-Load)- Need our driver to stay on-site while you fill your container? We can do that!

Container Liner -

(10 Yard Containers Only) - Need us to transport wet concrete or other saturated materials? We can install a liner into our 10 Yard Containers.

Relocation Service -

Need us to move your container from one area of your jobsite to another? We can do that!

Switch-Out Service -

Need us to bring an empty container when we come to pick-up your full unit? We can do that!

Wood Driveway Protection -

Need us to bring a selection of material to place under your container to protect your driveway? We can do that!

What Materials Are Prohibited?

For a more complete listing, visit this page...

  • Aerosol cans
  • All liquids
  • Animals
  • Antifreeze
  • Appliances
  • Asbestos
  • Barrels
  • Batteries
  • Chemical products
  • Computers
  • Contaminated oils (mixed with solvents, gasoline, etc.)
  • Dirt
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Hazardous waste
  • Herbicides and pesticides
  • Industrial waste
  • Lubricating/hydraulic oil
  • Medical Waste
  • Microwaves
  • Monitors
  • Motor oil
  • Oil filters
  • Other flammable liquids
  • Paint (except dried latex paint cans, no liquids)
  • Petroleum-contaminated soil/lead paint chips
  • Propane tanks
  • Radioactive material
  • Railroad ties
  • Solvents
  • Televisions
  • Tires
  • Transmission oil
  • Keep in mind that larger dumpsters (30+ Yard Containers) may also prohibit additional materials, such as:
  • Concrete
  • Bricks
  • Demolition material