The Economic & Environmental Benefits of Recycled Concrete

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Regardless of your political views, the benefits of recycling are hard to deny. Recycling not only reduces the need for cultivating, mining, or harvesting various materials used in manufacturing and construction, but this reduced manufacturing also has significant economic benefits as well. Recycled concrete is created by using processed concrete debris from demolition jobs — giving it new life in a wide variety of applications. In this piece, we’re going to look into the economic and environmental benefits of using recycled concrete collected from demolition sites.

Recycled Concrete Reduces Material Mining Needs

Concrete is a construction material made from mineral resources. These resources must be mined using heavy machinery. Not only does the process produce many hazardous waste products, but it is incredibly expensive. Reusing existing recycled concrete, however, largely removes the necessity for mining as a means of obtaining the primary minerals used in recycled concrete products. The applications of this recycled concrete include being broken up into riprap to secure shorelines, for uses in landscaping, marine structures, and standard construction.

Recycled Concrete Saves on Transporting Virgin Aggregate

The mineral substance in concrete is commonly known as aggregate. Most mined mineral aggregate has to be shipped or trucked to a concrete mixing center for manufacturing. Recycled concrete, however, can be obtained from a variety of sources — more diverse than that of the mines used to obtain the necessary mineral materials. For the most part, the economic and environmental cost of transporting freshly-mined virgin (never before used) aggregate for concrete manufacturing is vastly greater than that of using the same attributes from recycled concrete procured from demolition sites.

Recycled Concrete Reduces Concrete in Landfills

Following an extensive demolition of concrete roads, sidewalks, buildings, and other such structures due to wear or damage, the majority of demolished concrete winds up in landfills all over the world. Being especially dense and without the ability to decay like other refuse, concrete causes landfills to reach and exceed capacity prematurely. The environmental and economic cost of overburdened landfills is vast. Using recycled concrete, however, helps to reduce the amount of concrete in these landfills.

The Choice Use + The Choice to Recycling

More than deciding to use recycled concrete and thus creating additional market demand, the choice to recycle debris from demolished structures is also essential. When choosing a demolition company, make sure to choose one that specializes in the recycling of demolished debris. 

Ready to Demolish? DT Can Help You Recycle

In addition to experienced demolition services, DT Specialized Services out of Tulsa, OK are proud to specialize in the recycling of construction materials. Learn more about DT Specialized Services today.