Why recycling is good for everybody
Concrete from buildings and foundations are sent to our yard where it is processed and sent through our crushing plant. This is the first step to recycling concrete.
Concrete recycling is an increasingly common method of utilizing the rubble. Concrete was once routinely trucked to landfills for disposal, but recycling has a number of benefits that have made it a more attractive option in this age of greater environmental awareness. Concrete aggregate collected from demolition sites is put through our crushing machine. Some metals such as rebar are accepted, since they can be removed with magnets and other sorting devices. The remaining aggregate chunks are sorted by size. Larger chunks may go through the crusher again. After crushing has taken place, other particulates are filtered out through a variety of methods including hand-picking and running across multiple screening decks.
Uses of recycled concrete
Smaller pieces of concrete are used as gravel for new construction projects. Sub-base, also known as Class II A/B gravel, is laid down as the lowest layer in a road, with fresh concrete or asphalt poured over it. The US Federal Highway Administration may use techniques such as these to build new highways from the materials of old highways. Crushed recycled concrete can also be used as the base for foundations and underground utilities back fill.
With proper quality control at the crushing facility, well graded and aesthetically pleasing materials can be provided as a substitute for landscaping stone or mulch. We even have customers who will pick out there favorite pieces of un-processed concrete chunks to build walkways and garden edges.
There are a variety of benefits in recycling concrete rather than dumping it or burying it in a landfill.
Keeping concrete debris out of landfills saves landfill space.
Using recycled material as gravel reduces the need for gravel mining.
Using recycled concrete as the base material for roadways reduces the pollution involved in trucking material.
Recycling one ton of cement could save 1,360 gallons water, 900 kg of CO2