Concrete is one of the most popular building materials in the world. It’s used for a variety of projects including driveways, parking decks, floors and columns, along with a number of other structures. As a result, excess concrete can pile up quickly on both building and demolition sites.
Recycling concrete is an effective alternative to hauling it to a dump, where it will take up valuable landfill space and go to waste. By recycling concrete, you reduce waste and cut down on future resource extraction. Here’s how it’s done.
Use the Right Equipment
To recycle concrete, it must be broken down into small pieces. To do this, contractors must use a variety of specialized crushing equipment and other mobile machines that can pulverize large amounts of material on-site. Once ground down to a gravel-like consistency, the concrete can be reused in a variety of ways, from road base stabilizers to backfill.
Reuse and Save Money
It costs money to get rid of concrete. Builders who want to dispose of excess material must either take it to a landfill, dump, or transfer station. If they choose to drop it off at a landfill, the site will usually charge them a tipping fee. Recycling old concrete allows construction and demolition firms to skip this step completely. Once the concrete is sufficiently crushed, it can be sold or reused on a future project.
Boost Your LEED Certification Points
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1998 and updated in 2007. LEED is a complex grading system that awards points to new buildings based on their overall sustainability, energy efficiency, amount of recycled materials used, and other factors. Construction companies that use recycled concrete will have an advantage in key LEED categories. In an era where more people recognize the critical importance of sustainable development and resource conservation, earning a strong LEED score can help put developers in a more favorable position within their respective marketplace.
Recycling concrete is a smart, green choice. To recycle effectively, you need an experienced partner with the proper equipment and expertise. Get started on your next concrete project by contacting us for a free estimate. Whether it’s design, construction, or disposal, G-Cat Construction will have the right-sized solution.
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