Why Should Contractors Recycle Concrete?
August 20, 2018
For projects involving demolition, remodeling or even new construction, construction debris is a continuing byproduct that needs to be regularly removed from the job site until the project is complete. Materials like wood, steel, tiling and drywall are all hard to haul away but most contractors would agree that concrete and masonry waste disposal is the most difficult removal task to undertake without the help of professional waste disposal companies, like Tombarello and Sons.
When hiring us as your hauler, you can rest assured that your concrete debris is recycled. Recycling concrete has many environmental benefits. Most importantly, recycling concrete debris saves landfill space and using recycled concrete conserves natural resources by reducing the need for mining, water, coal, oil and gas. In fact, recycling one ton of cement can save 1,360 gallons of water and 900 kg of CO2.
Millions of tons of concrete debris gets recycled in the United States each year. The most common uses for waste concrete include,
- Concrete Aggregate. Crushed recycled concrete can also be used as the dry aggregate for brand new concrete if it is free of contaminants. This economical solution can be used in a number of different applications, including curbs, sidewalks and street bases.
- Road Building. Smaller pieces of concrete can be used as gravel in new road construction projects. During this process, sub-base gravel is used as the lowest layer of the road with fresh concrete being poured on top of it. Alternatively, concrete pavements can be broken in place and used as a base layer for an asphalt pavement.
- Gabion Construction. Another economical use of crushed concrete is in gabion construction where wire gabions are filled with it and then stacked together as a retaining wall. Gabions can also be used to protect other structures or embankments. They work well due to their weight and density.
- Riprap revetments. Riprap revetments made of large pieces of crushed concrete have become a widely used and effective way to control stream bank erosion. Examples of this reuse of concrete debris can be seen along the shoreline, around ditch pipe and in landscaping projects.
- Landscaping Products. Also known as urbanite, resused concrete is used when constructing benches, garden walls, terrace foundations, paths and patios.
Keep your construction project on track and clear of debris by calling the experts at Tombarello and Sons. We provide prompt and professional roll-off container service. Our commitment to eco-friendly removal of concrete debris will ensure your debris will be hauled away and recycled. Our open top roll-off dumpster containers are ideal to rent for your waste removal and recycling needs at any construction site. Our large waste containers are offered in 15 yard, 20 yard, 30 yard, and 40 yard sizes. Each has a rear door that can swing open for easy access and are made to store and haul large amounts of concrete debris.