When you have a construction or a demolition project on your property or inside your home, you are likely to have some leftover materials, such as chunks or blocks of concrete. When you hire a contractor to complete the project for you, it becomes their responsibility to dispose of the leftover concrete. However, if you decide to do the research and take on the home-improvement project yourself, the proper disposal of the concrete becomes your responsibility.
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Things you need
- Electric demolition hammer or sledgehammer (if you are breaking down concrete yourself)
Contact your local division of solid waste services to check on any specific regulations regarding disposal of concrete. For example, there might be a maximum size that the concrete must be broken down into.
Ask if the county facility will accept the concrete. There could be a fee involved when using government services to dispose of concrete.
Find a local business, such as a construction or landscaping company, that will accept the concrete if the county facility will not or if you do not want to pay the fee. Sometimes your local division of waste services can provide you with suggestions for disposal through private companies. You can also use websites like Earth911.com, which can provide you with a database of companies that may be able to recycle concrete.
Talk to the businesses you find to find out their regulations in terms of size and weight of the concrete you have to dispose of.
Follow any regulations for the facility or business you choose to take your concrete to. This could involve breaking the concrete into smaller, more manageable pieces or binding concrete blocks together.
Break down the concrete with the right tools. For thick slabs of concrete, you will need a tool like the electric demolition hammer that has the power needed to break through the material. However, for thinner slabs, a sledgehammer might be able to break through. A demolition company can also be hired for this process.
Transfer the crushed concrete to a truck bed in a wheelbarrow. If you need to break down the concrete even more before it can be accepted, you will need to drive the load to a construction company that has a crushing machine. If you hire a demolition company to remove the concrete, make sure that you hire them to take away the concrete as well.
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