Proper Disposal of Concrete: Recycling or Dumping?
There’s a question over whether recycling or dumping is the better way to dispose of concrete. Dumping is common, but because of the bulky nature of concrete waste, it tends to take up a lot of space in landfills. It also might surprise you to know that concrete can be considered a form of hazardous waste. If the pH level is more significant than 12.5, concrete waste is classified as corrosive and therefore hazardous. That can severely limit your options when it comes to concrete removal. If you intend to dump the concrete, make sure you check the policies governing what materials can be accepted before hauling it away. You can expect to pay around $32-$40 per ton that you dump at a landfill just for disposal costs.
While it may not be as familiar, recycling your concrete waste has many benefits. It’s relatively easy to repurpose concrete waste. Construction companies can use old concrete chunks to make things like retaining walls, privacy fences, garden paths, or even a lining for a backyard fire pit. You may find that some concrete suppliers are happy to take concrete waste off your hands and use it to create new concrete aggregate.
Best Practices For Disposing Of Concrete
Recycling is arguably the better option for disposal. It’s far more environmentally friendly. Concrete is easily repurposed for a variety of uses. Its ability to be turned into concrete aggregate helps keep costs low and reduces the need for gravel mining. Recycling concrete can also have a direct impact for good on your bottom line. When you choose to recycle your concrete waste, you avoid the need to pay for costly landfill fees. You don’t even have to dispose of it yourself if you don’t want to, reducing the hazards you and your employees are exposed to. There are concrete removal companies who will do a concrete pick up and handle the disposal and recycling process for you.
Disposing of concrete waste is an integral part of the construction process for construction companies that handle it. It can also be one of the more hassle-filled options, though it doesn’t have to be. Decide whether dumping or recycling is right for your company, and consider taking advantage of a debris removal service that can help you execute your decision.
How To Dispose Of Concrete?
Just bring your load of broken concrete to any of our disposal sites. We accept concrete for disposal at our following locations: Sun Valley, Rialto, Escondido, and Beaumont.
What Can I Bring?
We accept concrete, asphalt, rock, and sand. Re-bar is accepted for an additional charge. We do not accept loads with red brick, clay, adobe, petro-mat, vegetation, clay, wire mesh, or trash.
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Do I Have To Sort Different Materials?
Please separate unaccepted materials from accepted materials. We accept concrete, asphalt, rock, and sand. Re-bar is accepted for an additional charge. We do not accept loads with red brick, clay, adobe, petro-mat, vegetation, clay, wire mesh, or trash.
Do I Have To Make An Appointment?
No appointments are necessary, but keep an eye on the hours of whichever location you plan on visiting.