December 5

Everything You Need to Know About Concrete Disposal

From the driveway to the patio, concrete can be found all around a house. This means when it’s time to replace or renew any of those items, you end up with a ton – sometimes literally – of concrete that has to be removed and disposed of. Concrete disposal is a bit more complicated than just tossing it into a trash bag.

Most communities have restrictions against construction debris being included in your regular trash. Since concrete makes up about 25 percent of solid waste, it’’s important to know how to dispose of or recycle concrete.

Before you start a project, it’s a good idea to have a strategy for how you will remove and dispose of the debris from your job. Here are a few options for how to get rid of concrete after you do your demolition.

Dumpster Rental

About the simplest way to dispose of your concrete is just to let someone else do it for you.

When you rent a dumpster for a job, all you have to do is throw away concrete chunks and other debris right into the dumpster. Once the job is done, the rental company will come and take everything away for you.

This option is more practical if you’re undertaking a large job that will have a lot of debris rather than one that just involves breaking up a little bit of concrete.

Reusing

Not exactly a disposal option but consider ways you can reuse the concrete yourself. Maybe you have wanted stone edging around a flower bed or a wall around a fire pit.

Once you break up your concrete, you can sort out the best bits to reuse them. Examples of good projects for old concrete would be as porous paving for a walkway, crushed up for mulch or groundcover, or fill for wire cages used for retaining walls.

Recycling Center

If you’d like to know about a green way of how to dispose of concrete, check out a construction recycling center. It’s a cost-effective way to get rid of your concrete and other debris.

Contact a concrete disposal site to see if they recycle and what restrictions they might have as to how clean your concrete needs to be before you bring it for disposal. Many will accept concrete with and without rebar in it, but can’t accept contaminants like paint or hazardous materials.

A recycling center will take your concrete and crush it into small aggregate, then sift it to remove impurities for use in new concrete for a future project.

Your Best Concrete Disposal Options

Develop a strategy for concrete disposal before you or your contractor start swinging those sledgehammers or powering up the jackhammer. Whether it involves reusing it in another project or bringing it to the recycling center, your project will be less stressful and run more smoothly if you have a plan before you begin.

If you have questions about recycling concrete, contact us to learn more about how we turn it into aggregate. We can answer your questions about prepping your concrete for recycling before you bring it in for crushing.


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