How to recycle concrete blocks

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How to recycle concrete blocks
Concrete blocks can be recycled for new building projects. (mason, brick image by Greg Pickens from

When you've finished your home renovation project, disposing of the resulting debris can be challenging. Recycling materials whenever possible keeps waste out of landfills and takes no more effort than disposing of the waste. Old concrete blocks, which include breeze blocks and pavers, can be crushed, and the material can be used for filler in Portland cement. Homeowners with concrete blocks have a couple of different recycling options to choose from. Select the options that work best for you.

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    Sort your concrete blocks into two categories: those that can be reused and those that cannot. Concrete blocks that are chipped or broken should not be reused for building, but they can still be recycled.

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    Locate green contractors near you through the Green Contractor Guide (see Resources). Call matching local contractors to see if they need cinder or concrete blocks for building projects. If someone wants the blocks, arrange to have them removed. In this way, you don't have to transport the blocks in your car for recycling, and you save resources because the blocks can be reused in their current state without being processed.

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    Find recycling centres near you that accept concrete blocks by going to Earth 911 (see Resources). Enter your city or zip code in the location blocks and type "Concrete" in the search bar. Then call matching recycling centres to find out when they are open. Load the concrete blocks into your car or truck and drive them to the recycling centre. Dispose of all broken or subpar blocks in this manner, along with concrete blocks you can't give to a contractor.

Tips and warnings

  • Take care when lifting concrete blocks, as they can be heavy.
  • You can also reuse concrete blocks around your home, for garden edging or other projects.

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