Concrete disposal is much more difficult than some might think. Even though concrete is not considered a “hazardous” material, there are still rules and regulations for where it can be dumped, how much can be dumped, and what you can do with it after it’s dumped. Most concrete is directed to landfills after its usable life is up, and concrete adds millions of tons to U.S. waste production each year.
Why landfilling can’t go on forever
The U.S. produces about 268 million tons of trash every year that gets directed in large part to landfills across the country. At the rate we are going, we will run out of landfill space within the next 20 years. That’s why it’s important to start finding ways to reduce the amount of trash being landfilled as soon as possible. Recycling used concrete is one way that we can send less trash to the landfills and replace other materials production to conserve resources.
The recycling movement.
In the past 10 years, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the amount of concrete being recycled. There are a couple reasons for this. First, we’ve found various ways that we can reuse crushed concrete after it’s been collected from demolition sites and roadway maintenance projects. Second, we’ve begun to realize the high environmental cost of producing and throwing away concrete. Concrete alone accounts for almost 7% of the world’s carbon emissions. By recycling the concrete we already have, we can reduce our energy and resource consumption even as we continue growing in population.
Besides benefit to the environment, recycling concrete can save you money as well. Most landfills charge expensive tipping fees to take concrete because it’s hazardous to handle and they do not want to use their space to hold it. Concrete recycling facilities often times do not charge any fees, and will let you offload your concrete right away for them to process. At tipping fees of a few dollars per ton, the cost of dumping concrete can add up quickly. Recycling concrete is certainly a better option both for your wallet and for the environment.
Giving new life to concrete
Now that we know why recycling the concrete is a smart choice, let’s look at some of the uses for recycled concrete. Whole pieces of concrete can be used to create embankments that are impervious to water to help control erosion and leakage of ponds and lakes. Concrete can also be used to create retaining walls on roads to protect from dirt spillages and mudslides. More often, however, concrete is crushed and recycled as crushed rock. The recycled rubble can be used as a base for building foundations, road base, and aggregate to smooth the ground. Facilities for concrete disposal in growing states like Florida, like Indianhead Soil, are on the rise as concrete debris recycling prevents tons of emissions and excess waste in landfills.
How can Indianhead Soil help you?
Indianhead Soil in St. Augustine produces the highest quality finished compost in North Florida. However, we also serve as a clean concrete disposal and recycling facility. Indianhead aims to create a sustainable society through our quality composts and other recycling services. If you are a landscape contractor or a homeowner, you know who to call for your disposal and landscaping needs!