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The Importance of Reusing and Recycling of Demolished Concrete Products

Blog | May 12th, 2020

Many construction industries use concrete products since they have a lot of astonishing features. They have the lowest carbon footprint for a structure over its lifecycle. They also have unmatched strength, durability, longevity, and resilience. Buildings that are made from them do not burn, rust, or rot easily. Most importantly, concrete products are 100% recyclable, making them sustainable for future construction works and other applications.

Since concrete products are maximised by a lot of industries, the number of waste products out of concrete is undoubtedly massive. In fact, almost 50% of waste products in Australian landfills are demolished concrete products. Fortunately, recycling centres now reuse and recycle demolished products into new materials so that they can be used again in construction and other applications.

Reusing and recycling demolished concrete products are important because of the following key points.

Improve Landfill Conditions

Instead of waiting for demolished concrete products to fully disintegrate in landfills, reusing and recycling them will help landfills unload and discharge waste materials that can be used again. By the time all concrete materials are recycled, you can expect around a 50% decrease in overall waste in landfills. Subsequently, the decrease in waste materials in landfills can substantially benefit the environment and contribute to a more sustainable future.

Avoid Levies and Fines

Believe it or not, disposing of waste materials in landfills can be expensive. This expense itself pushes companies to just dump their waste on bodies of water and other unauthorised areas, which can be harmful to the environment. Alternatively, disposing of demolished concrete materials at recycling plants is now more valuable and sensible as significant levies have already been put in place across the country.

Preserve Natural Resources

Mining for new resources such as aggregates has always been a problem for industries since it adds cost to the environment. Expenses of exploitation and transportation of extracted resources are also huge. Luckily, the recycling and reusing of demolished concrete products help reduce the need to extract limited natural resources. The process of just recycling and reusing the disposed of concrete products is also a lot cheaper and does not waste any more resources.

Utilise Concrete Materials

Products made from reused concrete materials still possess the same characteristics and properties of the previous concrete materials. Even if they are processed again, all recycled concrete products or aggregate are still durable, long-lasting, and resistant to damages. They still even have the lowest carbon footprint that you can get from any materials. Incorporating recycled concrete products or aggregate on construction projects will even help companies save money since they are cheaper to process and distribute.

Reusing and recycling demolished concrete products are very important in maintaining a sustainable future for both the industries and the environment. To know more about reusing and recycling these products, feel free to contact us at SIMCAT Demolitions. With over 17 years’ experience in the industry, SIMCAT has established itself as a leader of the demolition works all over Melbourne, specialising in large and small demolition, domestic and commercial sites, and asbestos and hazardous waste management. We also do what we can to keep the environment safe and ensure that most of the material removed from our sites is recycled and reused.

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