Here at Legacy Concrete Works, one of the many different options we offer to our customers is a waste service that gets rid of any rubbish or debris that is laying around their commercial, residential, or construction site. While many would simply consider this a way to boost the curb appeal of an area, it has far-reaching environmental benefits as well. Sure, that may be considered a given, but let’s delve into the actual specifics of what we are talking about.
In this post, we’ll focus on concrete disposal, one of the most challenging jobs for anyone. Fortunately, when you’re dealing with a licensed and professional contractor, they can handle jobs of this size, no problem. With that in mind, let’s get to some of the ways we can help the environment by going over the most common uses for concrete waste!
Building New Roads
When dealing with smaller pieces of concrete, these can be used as gravel for new road construction projects. This is because sub-base gravel is laid down at the bottom layer of a road before concrete or asphalt is poured over it. Not only that, but concrete pavements can be broken up in place and used as a base layer for asphalt pavement.
Aggregating New Concrete
Any concrete being disposed of can be crushed up and used as dry aggregate for brand new concrete so long as it is free of any contaminants. Some states including here in Texas allow the use of recycled concrete pavement (or RCA) for certain use-cases including gutters, curbs, sidewalks, and streets.
Erecting Retaining Walls
Wire cages can be filled with crushed concrete and stacked together on top of each other to serve as a retaining wall, protecting embankments and other structures. Due to their weight and density, they can prove to be highly useful for a variety of situations.
Creating Riprap Revetments
Larger chunks of concrete (normally 10-18 inches in length) that has been crushed down can often be used as riprap revetments, which are used to prevent stream bank erosion from occurring. You’ll typically see this type of material around ditch pipes, shorelines, and especially in landscaping.
Speaking of which, recycled concrete can also be used for more aesthetically-pleasing purposes, which leads us to our next topic!
New Landscaping Products
Any well-graded concrete received from specific crushing facilities may be applied as a nice substitute for landscaping stones or aggregates. Urbanite is a particular type of reused concrete that is often used for garden walls, benches, raised beds, rockeries, terrace foundations, patios, and walking paths.
When you outsource your waste disposal services to an environmentally-responsible contractor, you get both the benefits of a highly-convenient service and one that can have a real impact on your overall operation. The concept of a green practice is an important movement that is constantly gaining traction the more we take a look at the impact we as a civilization have on the environment. By working with a contractor that offers an eco-friendly waste service, you’ll know all that construction debris will be out of your way and on to serve a greater purpose while you get on with the job!