Every year, millions of yards of concrete are produced in the U.S., but not all of it is used. In recent years, the question of whether concrete recycling is a viable solution has taken on new importance. As a member of the EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm and the oldest locally owned demolition service company in Honolulu, HI, Tajiri Lumber has an obligation to incorporate any plausible method that serves as a solution for making the most of unused concrete.
Believe it or not, this is still a relatively new recycling path. Aluminum, scrap steel, and other recycling efforts have been ongoing for many years, but when it comes to concrete recycling, there just hasn’t been a lot to unfold. One can’t simply toss it over into a bin with the thought that it will eventually be used.
Crushing concrete aggregate is one way of preparing it to recycle. Many facilities will accept only “clean” concrete, which means there can’t be any wood or other contaminants. Of course, most of the concrete that comes from industrial demolition sites will have rebar and other metals, and in most instances, the concrete is still accepted. The scrap iron, once removed, can also be recycled.
Once the concrete has been recycled in such a way that makes it usable for the consumer, it’s most often incorporated into gravel driveways. This type of material is quite suitable, as it’s cheap and durable. Many local governments are turning to concrete recycling as a base for new roads, and recently the Federal Highway Administration has begun using it in building new freeways and highways.
The benefits of concrete recycling are many, and as a commercial demolition company, Tajiri Lumber has a responsibility to future generations to ensure every opportunity for recycling is taken. To learn more, contact the team at (808) 841-2896. If you want to learn more about their history and services, visit their website today.