One of the best ways to reduce demolition and construction waste is through concrete recycling. Concrete is one of the most consumed materials today. For that reason, it can be found in just about every landfill in the country. By recycling concrete, you won’t need to pay as much to dispose of the waste, and it allows you to repurpose it for other construction-related projects. Here are a few more benefits of concrete recycling and why it is necessary in the world today.
How Concrete Is Recycled
At a demolition site, chunks of concrete are gathered and sorted by size. Once complete, these pieces are placed into a crushing machine. It is important that the concrete chunks do not contain any trash or other forms of debris in it (paper, wood, etc.). In many cases, the bigger pieces of concrete need to be placed through the machine more than once in order to fully break them down. After the machine has done its job, any contaminants that don’t belong are picked out from the mixture. This can be done by hand or floating the bits in water.
-Reduces the amount of space taken in landfills from concrete debris
-Lessened freight costs due to lighter weights
-No more need for gravel mining
-Recycled concrete is a cheaper form of aggregate
-Reduces pollution brought on from transporting concrete materials
Recycled concrete has a variety of uses. It is commonly used for aggregate base course or road base. This is used to build new roads, as well as make repairs. Next, recycled concrete is frequently used for pipe bedding and soil stabilization. Some people even use recycled concrete for landscaping efforts. It can be used for water features, rock walls, and erosion structures.
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