tConcrete is one of the single most popular building materials in the world. It’s used for driveways, parking decks, floors, columns, and a slew of other structures and edifices. Because of its popularity and wide range of applications, concrete also piles up quickly on demolition sites. When demolishing old buildings, contractors must decide how to dispose of old concrete.
Recycling concrete can be a savvy and worthwhile alternative to taking it to a regular dump, where it will ultimately be transferred to a landfill. By recycling concrete, you reduce waste and cut down on future resource extraction. Here’s how it’s done.
Use the Right Equipment
In order to recycle concrete, it must be broken down into small aggregates. To do this, contractors need the right industrial equipment. This includes jaw crushers, impact crushers, cone crushers, or other mobile machines that can handle large amounts of concrete on-site. This equipment grinds concrete down into smaller and smaller aggregates, to the point where the material starts to resemble gravel. From there, it can then be reused in a variety of ways.
Reuse and Save Money
It costs money to get rid of concrete. Builders who want to dispose of their concrete must either take it to a landfill, dump, or transfer station themselves, or hire someone else to do it. And if they do decide to drop it off at a landfill, the site will charge them to do it. Recycling old concrete allows construction and demolition firms to skip this pricey and onerous step completely. Once the concrete is sufficiently crushed, they can sell it or reuse it themselves on a future project.
Boost Your LEED Certification Points
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a certification program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is a complex grading system that gives new buildings points based on their overall sustainability, energy efficiency, recycled materials used, and other factors. Construction companies that use recycled concrete will have a major head start in one of the most vital categories of the LEED grading system. In an era where more and more people are recognizing the critical importance of sustainable development and resource conservation, earning a strong LEED score is bound to put developers in a more favorable position in their respective marketplace.
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