Contractors, landscapers, and home remodelers looking to get rid of used concrete have a few options at their disposal. They can take it to a landfill where it will take up space and won’t be reintroduced into the material stream, or a recycling facility where it will be ground up and reused. Both of these options require access to a heavy-duty truck, though, and the costs of disposal can add up quickly. By far the best option available to contractors and consumers alike is to give us a call to discuss their options for easier disposal.
As with all of our waste management services, our concrete disposal options provide customers with an ethical way to get rid of what they no longer need. Concrete recycling offers several benefits over disposal in a landfill.
How It’s Done
When you call us for help with concrete recycling, we show up with a heavy-duty truck capable of safely transporting almost any load. We then bring it to a specialized crushing facility, where clean rubble can be crushed up with a machine and filtered using methods like hand-picking and water flotation.
Uses for Recycled Concrete
Once the concrete has been processed, it can be repurposed for use in new industrial and municipal projects. Common applications for recycled concrete include sub-base gravel for roads, dry aggregate for new concrete, and base layers for asphalt pavement. Larger chunks of concrete can also be used as rip-rap revetments, and well-graded materials can be used as a substitute for landscaping stone.
Crushed reclaimed concrete can also be used to create retaining walls, privacy screens, and more. The bottom line is that this recycled product has many uses, and it does not belong in a landfill.
Benefits of Recycling Concrete
Recycling concrete instead of dumping it in a landfill benefits everyone. It saves space in landfills, conserves natural resources by reducing the use of water, oil, and gas in gravel mining, reduces pollution, creates employment opportunities, and more.
The only downside of recycling concrete is that it takes some extra legwork. When you call us to handle your concrete disposal needs, you don’t have to worry about finding a facility that can process it and figure out how to transport that heavy construction or landscaping debris, though. We’ll handle all the legwork for you.
Concrete is heavy, so transporting it safely requires some extra effort. Depending on how much money they want to spend, contractors and consumers have a few options at their disposal.
Take a DIY Approach
DIY concrete removal requires finding a processing facility, contacting a spokesperson, and making arrangements for transportation. Those that have heavy-duty pickup trucks may be able to transport small amounts of this material at a time, but they should be careful not to overload the vehicle or trailer.
Building demolitions often produce a lot of concrete waste. That means those who want to dispose of the concrete themselves will have to make multiple trips, which can be a problem if there aren’t any disposal facilities nearby.
Take it to a Landfill
While most landfills and some transfer stations will accept concrete, environmentally conscious contractors and consumers would never dream of utilizing this option. It takes a valuable resource and turns it into a problem. Everybody loses when property owners or contractors dispose of concrete at landfills.
Hire a Junk Removal Company
Some full-service junk removal companies have the equipment and capabilities required to remove concrete safely. Unfortunately, they charge exorbitant rates and tend to determine fees based on what’s known as bed-load pricing. Unless they have specialized, heavy-duty trucks, junk removal companies will only be able to fill the truck beds or boxes partway to accommodate weight restrictions, but they will charge customers as if they were disposing of a full truckload of waste.
The extra benefit of hiring a junk removal company is that they can send out helpers to remove the concrete from where it stands so customers don’t have to deal with it. For those that have a small fortune to spend on junk removal, this may be an option, but it’s prohibitively expensive for most companies and individuals.
Concrete Disposal Bins
Concrete disposal bins offer an excellent alternative for those who have the manpower to move the broken up concrete by hand. We can drop off a rock box at your site, you can fill it yourself, and we’ll haul it away and dispose of it responsibly at a fraction of the cost of hiring a junk removal company. In many cases, you can rent a rock box for less than it costs to haul all that concrete by hand using a pickup truck, and you won’t have to worry about finding a facility with a concrete crusher to ensure ethical disposal. We’ll take care of it for you.
Common Rock Bin Sizes
Since concrete is extremely heavy, it makes little sense to rent a full-sized 20- or 40-yard dumpster. They’re not meant for hauling extremely heavy loads, and they cost more than smaller bins. Rock boxes are typically sized at 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, or 15 yards. Not all trucks can safely and legally carry 15-yard rock boxes. We have plenty of options, though, so you’ll be able to find one that meets your needs.
Only clean concrete can be recycled. If it’s contaminated with trash, wood, paper, or other forms of construction waste, it may need to be placed in a landfill. That’s part of why it’s a wise decision to rent a separate rock box for concrete disposal. Unlike other forms of construction waste, rebar isn’t considered a contaminant since it can be removed from the concrete and melted down, so don’t worry about reinforced concrete. Just be sure that no other foreign rubbish makes its way into your bin while it is situated on your property.
The Bottom Line
If you’re looking for a simple, efficient, safe, and responsible way to dispose of concrete from building demolition, a renovation, or a landscaping project, we’ve got you covered. Give us a call to ask about our rock box rentals or schedule a drop-off to get started.