With so many regulations, scheduling needs, and labor demands, concrete recycling isn’t usually at the top of a business’s to-do list. However, when it comes to the need to dispose of concrete waste from your work site, concrete recycling in Baltimore can make the daunting removal process much more efficient.
There’s A Benefit to Repurposing Verses Removal of Excess Concrete
Did you know that, following water, concrete is the most consumed material on job sites, according to the Cement Sustainability Initiative? Thus, finding a way to repurpose the excess concrete verses getting it to a landfill offers construction businesses a number of operating cost benefits.
Recycled concrete, for example, can reduce the material costs and transportation costs because of its much lighter weight per volume than other comparable materials, according to the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA).
Businesses who use concrete recycling in Baltimore can also tout an environmentally friendly strategy since it keeps waste out of landfills, reduces gravel mining, and cuts transportation pollution in trucking materials to and from worksites. According to the CDRA, over 4,300 acres of landfill space was spared by recycling 583 million tons of concrete and other materials.
How to Recycle Concrete
Uncontaminated concrete that’s free of all debris and outside materials like paper or metals can be sorted by size and placed into a crushing machine. Larger chunks may need a second pass through the crusher. A second filtration inspection by hand or via water flotation should be made to ensure no debris particles slipped through the initial inspection.
Once clean, the recycled concrete is ready to be used for such purposes like aggregate fill material. ReAgg offers onsite concrete crushing services in Baltimore, Maryland and can haul off any unwanted concrete for recycling.
Uses for Recycled Concrete
Recycled concrete can be used for:
1. Pavement and Construction Road Projects
It’s a relatively new market application, but recycled concrete can serve as a substitute for aggregate in new asphalt pavement for both residential and commercial slabs, foundations, sidewalks, curbs, alleyways, and streets.
2. Stabilization of Soil
In order to enhance a subgrade’s load baring capacity, recycled concrete can be added to marginal quality subgrade material to change the water susceptibility of subgrade and better stabilize the subgrade/soil.
3. Pipe Bedding
When laying underground utilities, recycled concrete can replace new aggregate as a bed stabilizer and firm foundational base.
From concrete rubble formations, stacked wall and retainment wall formations, abutment for underpass structures, to a component in water features, recycled concrete can add supportive, architectural, and aesthetic uses in commercial and residential landscaping.
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Of course, these are just a few of the potential applications for concrete recycling in Baltimore. Have a project you’d like to help you with? Contact ReAgg today to discuss our onsite crushing services, hauling or delivery. Call us at (301) 336-6700 or toll free at (888) 554-1503 for service in and around Baltimore, Maryland.