Disposal of Concrete

Demolished or unused concrete can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. However, construction companies can recycle their concrete to reduce waste and environmental impact. Recycling can reduce demand and costs for raw building materials.

Why Is Concrete Disposal Important?

Concrete manufacturing, application and waste create 8% of the world’s CO2 emissions. Methane, a greenhouse gas, is released as waste in landfills decomposes. The disposal of concrete waste contributes to the generation of landfill waste and the depletion of natural sand and gravel resources. However, proper recycling and disposal of concrete waste can mitigate its environmental impact and provide many business benefits.

>> Recycled concrete is a cheaper aggregate building material than new concrete.
>> Reduced waste disposal costs including freight and tippage expenses. Additionally, repurposing and some concrete recycling methods can be done at the job site.
>> Crushed concrete and unused gravel can be repurposed for creating new construction materials such as wire gabions and the first layer in road building.
>> Builders can gain points towards a LEED certification by using recycled concrete.
Recycling concrete is an important cost saving strategy when your business generates concrete waste. Demolished concrete can be treated to ensure the material carries no contaminants, and unused concrete can be crushed and repurposed at the job site. This reduces the demand for new concrete production, adds efficiency in material preparation and provides a cheaper alternative to newly mined concrete.

Methods of Concrete Disposal

Construction companies need to decide whether they will manage their own waste or pay to have it removed at the end of each job. If you do not have enough trucks to move concrete waste, disposing it yourself will be much more difficult. However, most areas have dumpster rental and junk hauling companies that provide a good first option for concrete disposal.

Before you pay for any disposal services, research the options in your area and learn where each company takes concrete waste. Many companies will take concrete to a landfill, but use a recycling facility or transfer station. Consider whether a disposal company is affordable and offers a proper path to recycling.

Concrete disposal methods include:

>> Rent a dumpster. Dumpster rental companies will pick up the dumpster once it is full and dispose of its contents.
>> Call a junk hauling company. These companies offer the service of filling their own dumpster with waste from your job site. This is where we come in! Contact Bay Hauling today!
>> Building suppliers can sell large pieces of concrete to construction companies as riprap for streams and riverbanks.
>> Dump it yourself. Take the concrete to a landfill or transfer station.
>> Recycle it. Deliver the concrete to a construction and demolition (C&D) waste recycling center facility.
Whether you choose to dispose of concrete yourself or call on another company, plan ahead to make waste management safe and cost-effective. Work with your chosen waste disposal company to schedule when they will deliver and remove the dumpsters. Additionally, let the company know where your job site is and how to access any waste and debris.

Contact Bay Hauling today and we would be happy to remove any unwanted concrete from your property!

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