How To Demolish & Recycle An Old Shed

Why recycling your shed is a great idea (yes, even large commercial sheds!)

Sheds aren’t designed to last forever.

Maybe your aging backyard shed needs an upgrade. Maybe you’re making space for renovations or landscaping work. Or maybe your shed has simply reached the end of its useful life and has become an eyesore.

Whatever the reasons, recycling your shed with a scrap metal demolition company is a better way to get the job done.

  • Reclaim value by selling the scrap metal
  • Reduce waste by recycling usable material
  • Make life easy for yourself by calling in experts with specialised equipment

Binning a backyard shed is a missed opportunity. Recycling your shed as scrap metal, on the other hand, could earn a little money – as well as the good feeling from reducing your business’ environmental impact.

Want to see how much your old shed could be worth? Read our post about scrap metal prices here.

A step-by-step guide to recycling a shed 

Step 1: Permits and permission

Most Councils require a permit to build a shed, but what about tearing one down?

In general, you will not need a permit to demolish an old shed unless it contains asbestos or requires heavy machinery to remove it.

Some backyard sheds and older commercial, industrial and agricultural sheds contain asbestos sheeting. Western Australian law requires an asbestos removal licence if the structure has more than 10 metres of bonded asbestos.

Other approvals you might need depend on the size, location and complexity of the shed being demolished:

  • Obstruction permit to block a footpath
  • Skip bin (bulk rubbish) permit
  • Noise management plan for a noisy renovation

Step 2: Engage a scrap metal recycler

Scrap metal demolition is specialised work. The risks involved in shed dismantling require the machinery, skills and experience of a scrap metal recycler like CD Dodd.

Working with a scrap metal recycler has other benefits besides risk mitigation. For example, CD Dodd pays competitive rates for valuable scrap metal.

Recycling your shed could bring in a nice payday (or at least a bit of beer money). And the time you save doing the hard work yourself is worth a lot more on top.

From small backyard sheds to garages, agricultural sheds to industrial warehouses and even mine site demolition, our expertise ensures a fast, professional shed removal.

Step 3: Clear the area

Before we get to your site, here’s what you need to do:

  • Clean out anything stored inside
  • Recycle or donate valuable equipment
  • Remove any windows
  • Clear a path for our equipment and vehicles
  • Notify neighbouring houses or businesses

When recycling an old shed, your job is preparing the area for a scrap metal recycler to come in. We’ll take care of the rest.

Trust CD Dodd to recycle your old shed safely and efficiently

CD Dodd is Western Australia’s leading scrap metal demolition and recycling company. Our local teams in Perth, Port Hedland, Karratha and Kalgoorlie are strategically placed to serve communities all over the state.

So no matter where your shed sits or what size it is, call CD Dodd to enquire about scrap metal recycling.

Let’s get started


Gate 1, 521 Dundas Road, Forrestfield WA 6058


Lot 109 Bedrock Turn, Gap Ridge Estate, Karratha WA 6714

Port Hedland

10 Trig Street, Wedgefield WA 6721


1 Coath Road, Kalgoorlie West WA 6430