Different Ways to Make Use of Recycled Concrete

24 January 2020

Recycled concrete is used in variety of essential purposes. Once leftover concrete is taken to a recycling facility where it is broken into small pieces using grinder machines – any foreign particles like rebar or wood in the sorted concrete must be removed to make it useful. From there, a magnet is used to remove rebar from the pavement. Sometimes concrete is placed in the water to remove contaminants. After the cleaning and sorting process is done, the recycled concrete is ready to use. Below are different ways to make use of recycled concrete.

Building Aggregates

Many municipalities and local communities have companies that recycle concrete into crushed concrete which can be purchased inexpensively. Alternatively, recycled concrete can be used for building purposes when cement cannot be extracted from recycled concrete. Recycled concrete can be used as a part of aggregates in the building process. These mixing concrete aggregates are used to reduce the amount of expensive cement in the construction process. These aggregates are also an excellent alternative to gravel as a drainage material in the wet areas.

Road Construction Gravel

While constructing a new road, a layer of gravel must be used to ensure the stability of the road. The recycled concrete can be used as a layer of gravel in road construction instead of new gravel. Many construction companies are using recycled concrete to minimise construction costs.

Wall Retainer

To control erosion on structurally unsound hillsides, recycled concrete can be used to build a retaining wall. It can also be used to create a planting site for a terraced garden. A layer of gravel or broken up concrete at the base can bring extra stability to your terraced garden.

Raised Garden Beds

The raised garden bed has become one of the most popular gardening preferences for many gardeners for a number of reasons. The building of a raised garden bed is costly, and those who are frugal will make good use of recycled concrete. Creating a raised garden bed using recycled materials saves money for gardeners and can sometimes even ended up costing nothing.

Breakwater Foundation

Recycled concrete can be used as riprap to prevent the erosion of the river banks, shorelines and other structures at the edge of the water. Recycled concrete is now being used by many communities and companies to build these foundations.

To learn additional facts about the benefits of concrete recycling, consult with EcoCrush. We produce top-quality products from recycled crushed rock for use in the construction and building industries. Also, we provide a free tipping facility that is conveniently located at the back of Smart Recycling in Dandenong South. No load is too small or too large for us to handle. We believe in all of us working together to help our environment through recycling concrete.