Contractors know that concrete debris removal is never an easy task. But finding an alternative solution can be. A jackhammer can break up concrete, but what do you do with the debris?
Concrete Debris and Why It Is Problematic
Demolition and renovation often require a clean slate — including concrete removal from driveways, patios, parking lots, and structures. When you have to resurface the parking lot, replace pavement with grass, redesign the layout of a property, or redo a building’s foundation, big amounts of concrete waste are generated and needs to be removed.
Concrete disposal is difficult and even dangerous because it is heavy and unwieldy. Even transporting concrete debris can be a challenge. Unlike other construction waste materials, or C&D waste, concrete has both additional considerations for hauling and disposal, but it also provides additional opportunities for recycling.
And, while it is not normally classified as a hazardous waste material, the EPA rules defining those types of materials can be confusing, especially when it comes to concrete and masonry.
According to one article, the EPA “defines hazardous wastes in several ways, one of them being whether or not it is what is called a 'characteristic' hazardous waste. Does the waste meet certain stated characteristics?”
Based on standards established by the EPA, if a material has a pH greater than 12.5, like most cement, it is considered a corrosive material and, by definition, a hazardous waste material.
Simply put, disposal of concrete is not a simple thing.
Problems Experienced in Concrete Debris Removal
After the task of breaking up concrete, you may run into various problems while disposing of concrete. Scheduling a junk removal service will help you to avoid these pitfalls.
- Property damage - Be wary of piling concrete chunks on the sidewalk. The weight, sharp edges, and metal it most often contains, may damage the property or the property of neighbors, the city, or your HOA.
- Landfill costs - Take care of all the detail and unexpected costs with concrete removal and recycling from Junk King. When our teams of professional junk removers haul away your concrete waste you have no other out-of-pocket expenses such as landfill fees, fuel costs, and wear-and-tear to your trucks.
- Risk of injury - Always use proper lifting techniques and heavy-duty containers when you must transport concrete waste yourself. Also avoid leaving concrete where children might climb on it or throw the pieces.
Proper Disposal of Concrete Debris: Recycling or Dumping?
Regardless of which option you choose, the proper handling and disposal of concrete rubble always needs to be taken into consideration. That being said, pursuing other options besides using your local landfill can be beneficial.
According to statistics from the Integrated Waste Management Board, the volume of Construction and Demolition (C&D) material produced makes up about 29 percent of California's disposed waste stream. That's approximately 11.6 million tons and of that C&D waste, asphalt and concrete represent over 977,000 tons of disposed material, or about 2.4 percent of all the disposed waste in California.
Fortunately, a great deal of the concrete debris that is not simply disposed of in landfills is re-purposed in a number of ways. In fact, concrete recycling is an increasingly common method of utilizing the rubble. At one time, concrete was commonly trucked to landfills for disposal, but the benefits of recycling has made it a more attractive option, especially in light of more stringent environmental laws, and for keeping construction costs down.
3 Good Reasons Your Disposal of Concrete Should Include Recycling
It’s a good practice to keep any material out of the landfill, if possible, and the durability and potential for reuse of concrete debris makes it a great candidate for recycling. However, getting it off-site and hauled away is still a potentially costly and time-consuming proposition if you choose to do it yourself.
Three reasons to recycle your waste concrete material:
Reduced costs of removing and hauling
Elimination of high landfill fees
Contributes to the production of lower-cost recycled aggregate products
Concrete Debris Removal Done For You
Junk removal services can take care of the heavy load and also direct the waste to concrete recycling facilities. Contractors (and homeowners) renovating a parking lot, driveway, sidewalk, patio, or other concrete related projects can now make it easy on themselves; just call Junk King to handle concrete removal the green way.
We use a network of our own recycling facilities as well as other local recyclers to make concrete removal more environmentally friendly. Broken-down concrete gets pulverized into a material called recycled aggregate.
Aggregate gets crushed and sorted into various sizes. The material can be reused to pave roads and bind asphalt for construction projects — saving money and virgin resources. When you use Junk King's junk removal services for your concrete removal needs, you help to stop the overuse of landfills as well as making future construction more environmentally friendly!
Recycling Concrete Debris and Best Practices
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.