Did you know that 75-95% of a house to be demolished can actually be recycled by dismantling it instead?? The salvaged pieces can be sold to scrap yards, donated to Habitat for Humanity (in exchange for a tax receipt) or given to various construction recycling programs.
This means that you can prevent a huge amount of garbage going to the landfill and you can save money while doing it!
Dismantling is a much more time consuming process, but is very worth it if you are concerned about both the environment and your bank account. You can either hire a company to dismantle or you can do it yourself (though preferably very carefully and with guidance).
When I purchased the property that would soon be the site of my brand new and toxic-free house I had originally thought of just paying the $10k to demolish it. It definitely needed to be removed, but after some research and reading about the recent rise to popularity of dismantling I quickly decided this was the way to go.
Not only does it save tons and tons of garbage from going to the local landfill, but dismantling actually produces much less dust than moving in with a bulldozer and knocking down an entire structure in 2 days. Your neighbours will thank you!