How to Recycle Kitchen Cabinets

Congratulations! You should update your kitchen every 10-15 years. Over a lifetime, that could mean hundreds of kilos worth of garbage piling up in landfills.

Before you rush to get into the details, think about how you will reuse or recycle as many of your fixtures and features as you can.

Cabinets are one of the most important items that you might want to get rid of from an old kitchen. You may be able sell kitchen cabinets, which are a very expensive item.

Your kitchen cabinets may be of interest to charities that accept building materials. Depending on the material they are made from, recycling them may be an option. Continue reading for more information.

What is the material used to make kitchen cabinets?

Wood is used to make kitchen cabinets. It is up to you to decide what kind of wood. You can recycle untreated wood, which is wood that has not been treated with varnish, stain, or paint, into many different products. It can be chopped and used as mulch or compost. It can be made into chipboard lumber or particleboard.

Wood is often used to fuel many places, although it is not recycling. It cannot be recycled if the wood in your kitchen cabinets have been treated. It is crucial that hazardous chemicals are not used in recycled wood products such as compost and mulch.

The chemicals in treated wood should not be burnt. Kitchen cabinets made from particleboard, chipboard, or other composite materials should not be recycled. These products can be made by removing old wood pieces and adding glue to create sheets of lumber.

Many glues contain toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, which makes it difficult to recycle safely. Before you begin thinking about how to dispose of your kitchen cabinets, it is important to identify the type of wood in them. You can then determine whether your kitchen cabinets are recyclable, reused, or thrown out.


How can I determine the best way to dispose my cabinets?

There are many options available to you. The best choice for you will depend on 2 factors.

What shape are your cabinets?

  • They may be wanted if they are able to be painted, sanded, or repaired.

They can be reused for crafting!

  • Ask if they will accept your cabinets.
  • Post an ad on Facebook Marketplace if they are in poor condition or damaged and you can pick them up for free.
  • You may have to dispose of your cabinets if no one is interested in them or they are in poor condition.

Are you able to store them?

  • You can arrange for delivery or storage if you don’t have the space or are in an area where it is not permitted to be stored outside.
  • You can store your garage or basement until you are ready to pick them up.
  • You can tarp your cabinets if you have an area outside that you can store them. This will keep them dry until pickup or delivery.


How to recycle kitchen cabinets

You will need to drop off kitchen cabinets made from untreated lumber if you want them to be recycled.

You can remove any kitchen paper from the cabinets and throw it away. You should check local websites for places that will recycle wood. Make sure they accept lumber, not only branches from trees.

Many cities that have “wood recycling programs” listed on their websites only want to recycle this “green waste.” Sometimes, commercial outfits have access to resources that homeowners don’t.

Make sure you have untreated wood so you can recycle them when replacing your kitchen cabinets. You will be able to reuse your cabinets for many years.