Quartz countertops are well known for their good looks and their high durability. In fact, quartz countertops are pretty much designed to last for a lifetime. However, there are some people that want to get rid of their quartz countertops. Most of the time this is because they have decided to renovate their kitchen.
Quartz countertops are recyclable and one of the most eco-friendly materials you can use in countertop construction. Most installers will take them off your hands for free if they’re replacing your countertop. If you’re doing the installation yourself, you’ll probably have to pay a little to get it recycled.
So, what can you do with quartz countertops? Can you recycle them? Let’s take a look!
Yes. Quartz countertops are incredibly eco-friendly. Many quartz countertops on the market have actually been partially made from recycled materials.
Quartz countertops are very easy to recycle and, in many cases, they can be turned back into a countertop, although quartz can be used to make all manner of different products.
The problem with recycling quartz is that there may not be that many locations in your local area that will accept quartz countertops. The ones that do exist may be built for commercial customers. So, while you may be able to go there and have your quartz countertops recycled, you may have to pay a small fee for the privilege.
However, this is going to be more than worth it. You probably do not want to have bulky countertops sitting around your home, do you?
If you are working with a kitchen builder, then you may not even have to think about recycling them at all. Instead, the builder will be able to haul them away and get them recycled for you.
In some cases, you may find that a quartz countertop supplier in your local area will be able to take the old countertops off of your hands. Many of them will have a direct connection to the manufacturer.
In many cases, they will ship the quartz countertops back to the manufacturer who will then be able to recycle them. Of course, don’t just take your old countertops to somewhere before you have confirmed whether they can accept it. After all, if they do not accept it, you will have been carrying around some heavy slabs of quartz for nothing.
Despite what some people believe, quartz countertops are not solid rock. If they were, they wouldn’t be anywhere near as tough as they are.
Instead, quartz countertops are formed of small pieces of quartz bound together with a variety of different materials. This will mostly be resin. This is partly why not all recycling companies will be able to accept quartz countertops. They may not have the equipment that is needed to separate the resin from the quartz properly.
The recycling process begins by grinding up the countertops. Some chemicals will be added that can help to purify the quartz. The resin and the other chemicals used to bind everything together will be removed.
The remaining quartz can then be bound together again into a quartz countertop with some fresh resin. All of the chemicals that were removed from the quartz will be safely disposed of. It is unlikely that any of them can be reused.
You can’t really do much to prepare your quartz countertops for recycling.
The best that can be done is to give the countertops a good cleaning. Make sure that they look as good as they possibly can. They may be rejected by the recycling center if they are too filthy.
Under absolutely no circumstances should you try to cut the countertop. We know that it can be tempting to do because they are so heavy, but it is ridiculously difficult to cut through a quartz countertop. You will need to be using a circular saw with a diamond-tipped blade on it, and even then that may struggle to get through the quartz.
It is unlikely that you will be able to lift the countertops on your own, so get a couple of people to help you out. You may need to get a trailer hitched up to your vehicle in order to transport them to the recycling center. Make sure that you call in advance to ensure that they will be able to accept them from you.
No. They are too big and bulky. If the garbage men saw that you had quartz countertops ready for collection, they wouldn’t even touch them. In fact, in some towns and cities, you may even get fined for leaving something this bulky outside of your home.
You shouldn’t really be throwing them in hired dumpsters either. As we said, these countertops are so recyclable that it seems to be a bit unfair to send them to the landfill. You should never, ever put something in the trash if it can be recycled.
Sure. They are durable and they are built to last an incredibly long time. Just because you do not want your old quartz countertops doesn’t mean that there won’t be somebody else out there who wants them.
They sell incredibly well, especially if you price them just right. Do remember that you are probably not going to get anywhere near the same price as new ones. Although, at least you will be getting some money out of them.
If you are selling them, then make sure that you accurately measure them (in both metric and imperial measurements) and list these measurements on the selling page. This way the buyer knows exactly what they are getting i.e. whether it is going to be able to fit their kitchen.
You can recycle quartz countertops. In fact, quartz countertops are very easy to recycle. While they are going to be quite heavy, it is almost guaranteed that there will be at least one company in the local area that will take them off your hands. Failing that, you will be able to sell them to somebody in dire need of a countertop.