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5 Ways Concrete Disposal Can Help The Environment

Posted by Julian Torres, "JT" on Aug 12, 2015 10:30:55 PM

going-to-the-dumpWhether you are doing demolition, remodeling, or construction, there is always the time sensitive and costly process of getting rid of leftover debris. Wood, steel, tiling and drywall can all be extremely difficult to haul off of a construction site. Concrete disposal, in particular, can be challenging.

It is typically bulky, heavy, and takes up large volumes of space both in your trucks and in our landfills. Fortunately, the technology of recycling and reuse of concrete, masonry, asphalt and similar materials has brought us a wide variety of options for disposing of concrete.

How Concrete Disposal for Recycling Helps the Planet

Concrete waste disposal can be one of the tougher debris removal tasks for a contractor. Fortunately, licensed and professional hauling firms such as Junk King are available to handle this type of construction debris. Aside from the economic, logistical, and efficiency benefits of outsourcing concrete waste disposal, there are the green benefits, as well.

Once your concrete waste and debris has been cleaned up and removed from your job site it doesn't simply get hauled off to the nearest landfill. In fact, whenever possible, the concrete waste is recycled and reused in a number of ways.

Here are five of the most common uses for the almost 12 million tons of waste concrete produced in California each year:

1. Road Building

Smaller pieces of concrete are regularly used as gravel for new road construction projects. Sub-base gravel is laid down as the lowest layer in a road, with fresh concrete or asphalt poured over it. In addition, concrete pavements can be broken in place and used as a base layer for an asphalt pavement through a process called rubblization.

2. Concrete Aggregate

Concrete disposal can end up as crushed recycled concrete which can also be used as the dry aggregate for brand new concrete if it is free of contaminants. The California Department of transportation (Caltrans) allows the use of recycled concrete aggregate, or RCA, for specific applications. In addition, the City of San Francisco has approved the use of RCA as aggregate concrete in curbs, gutter, sidewalk, and street base.

3. Riprap

Larger pieces of crushed concrete can be used as riprap revetments, which has become an effective and well-used method for controlling stream bank erosion.This material can be seen along the shoreline, around ditch pipe, and in much landscaping. Typically, the material is usually broken down to pieces between 10 and 18 inches across.

4. Landscaping Products

Coming from certain crushing facilities, well graded and aesthetically pleasing materials is produced for use as a substitute for landscaping stone or aggregate. Some types of reused concrete, also known as “urbanite,” can be used for constructing benches, garden walls, rockeries, raised beds, foundations for terraces, as well as paths and patios.

5. Gabion Construction

Wire gabions, or cages, can be filled with crushed concrete and then stacked together to provide economical retaining walls. These gabions can also be used to protect embankments or other structures. In such cases even bigger sizes of the crushed and recycled concrete can be used. These gabions function well because of their weight and density.

Concrete Disposal Can Be a Green Practice

Part of the beauty of outsourcing the pick up and disposing of your construction concrete waste is the convenience. But, just as important, is the very real impact that having your concrete debris recycled and reused. California is one of the leading states in the processing and reuse of concrete and other waste building materials, and Sonoma County contractors are a big part of that movement.

Be Sure You Get the Best Service With Concrete Disposal

Junk King provides an efficient, safe and eco-friendly construction waste disposal service so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of the debris after your project is complete. Whether you need our services several times during a construction project or just once after it is complete, our hauling professionals will ensure that the construction debris is out of your way so that you can get on with the job.

How can you get us on the site for construction debris disposal? You make an appointment simply by booking online above or by calling us at (707) 744-4254. Our professional and insured hauling team will call 15 minutes before we arrive on your site and we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your debris takes up in our truck. We haul the construction waste into our junk removal trucks and with no hidden fees.

Our team specializes in construction debris removal. We can be at your facility in mere minutes, so call us today! Our crew is fully insured and well-trained, so you can trust them to get rid of your unwanted items in a professional and courteous fashion. One of the best things about hiring Junk King is that we recycle a much of the material we pick-up. This is proof of our commitment to being an eco-friendly removal service. If you have questions about what we do or what we believe, give us a call at (707) 744-4254.

Topics: Bay Area Junk Removal, large trash pick up, hauling, Construction Waste Disposal, junk hauler, junk hauling, junk hauling business, Recycling, Landfills, Hazardous Waste

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