Recycling concrete from demolition project can result in considerable savings since it saves the costs of transporting concrete to the landfill (as much as $ .25 per ton/mile), and eliminates the cost of disposal (as high as $100 per ton).
As landfill costs for construction, demolition, and land-clearing debris continue to rise and the landfills become more heavily regulated, it makes economic sense to seek alternative means of disposal of concrete from construction and demolition operations. More disposal sites are opening up and contractors are incorporating recycling into their operations to decrease disposal costs.
According to the American Concrete Pavement Association, recycling of concrete pavement is a relatively simple process. It involves breaking, removing and crushing concrete from an existing pavement into a material with a specified size and quality.
Crushed concrete may be reused as an aggregate in new Portland cement concrete or any other structural layer. Generally it is combined with a virgin aggregate when used in new concrete. However, recycled concrete is more often used as aggregate in a sub-base layer.
There are no restrictions on the types of concrete pavements that can be recycled. Successful and economical recycling projects have included jointed plain pavement, jointed reinforced pavement, continuously reinforced pavement and even airport pavement over 17 inches thick.
In terms of the overall environment, recycling concrete greatly saves energy compared to mining, processing and transporting new aggregates. And while not considered environmentally damaging, the large volume of concrete waste generated during demolition makes it difficult for landfills to accommodate.
Southern Crushed Concrete (SCC) is a Texas-owned company established in 1991. With the use of practical and inexpensive methods, SCC is able to produce recycled concrete for a variety of construction projects throughout Southeast Texas.
We are active participants in many LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) projects because concrete recycling is recognized by the Federal Government as a creditable LEED item. Beyond public and private projects, we are also active participants in our local community.
SCC helps eliminate the extra costs associated with transporting quarried rock to construction sites with the use of concrete recycling. Our efforts alone save approximately 1.5 million cubic yards of landfill every year. SCC offers recycled materials of various specifications for numerous types of projects.
The right equipment and industry knowledge makes Southern Crushed Concrete a demolition service expert. We have the capability to handle virtually any asphalt pavement, concrete pavement or bridge demolition project. Each completed demolition gives us the opportunity to generate additional recycled concrete and in turn, create a green product.