01 Feb How to Recycle and Reuse Concrete Waste
Waste is almost an inevitability when it comes to construction projects. No matter how carefully you plan, you’re going to end up with some amount of waste that you’ll need to dispose of. One available option is to recycle and reuse that waste in concrete debris, so it doesn’t end up in a landfill.
Benefits of Concrete Recycling
Concrete waste tends to be bulky and heavy, and it doesn’t degrade quickly. When it’s disposed of in a landfill, it takes up a lot of room and stays there for decades before degrading. Concrete recycling is the solution to these problems.
Recycling concrete creates both environmental and fiscal benefits. Since you can reuse concrete for other construction products, recycling concrete reduces the strain of production on the environment and saves space in landfills. It also benefits the construction industry fiscally since the recycled products tend to be much less expensive. It also means you won’t have to pay for disposal costs. Recycling concrete helps keep the price of materials down, allowing construction companies to manage their expenses.
How to Recycle Concrete
So how do you recycle concrete? The process requires the use of industrial crushing equipment, equipment designed to separate steel from the concrete, processing systems with conveyors, jaws, and cones, hydraulics that allow for a faster, more efficient process, and automatic, remote, or manual control systems. The concrete will need to be crushed and cleaned before being turned into usable material for other projects. You can do this yourself by using a portable crusher, but it’s better to bring it to one of our locations. We can handle the processing and cleaning that goes into recycling concrete and preparing it for future projects.
Uses for Recycled Concrete
But just what can this material be used for? As it turns out, there are a lot of uses for recycled concrete! If you use a paving material, aggregate, or gravel, you can probably use recycled concrete for the project as well. It works well as a permeable paving, a base layer for asphalt paving, a bed foundation material for trenches, an aggregate for new concrete, and a fill for wire gabions. You can also use it to help prevent streambed erosion, landscaping mulch, and even as a foundation for building new coral reefs.
Whether you want to reduce the cost of construction materials or help protect the environment, recycling concrete is a better option than disposing of it in a landfill. There are some clear benefits to concrete recycling that any construction company would do well to consider when deciding how best to dispose of their substantial waste. Please take a closer look at the options available to you and start recycling your concrete waste to take advantage of the benefits it offers.