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Eco-friendly Ways to Reuse Broken Concrete

Concrete is generally a hard material that can serve for several years. But when it’s time to remove and haul away a large concrete feature, it shouldn’t mean that the material needs to be thrown out. Although broken concrete pieces may be an eyesore on their own, there are numerous eco-friendly ways of reusing them besides simply sending them to the landfill.

Construction materials, such as broken concrete typically account for around 40% of the American 251 million tons of waste yearly. As an eco-conscious business, it’s important to learn ways of reusing or recycling any construction debris to keep them out of landfills.

Here are four eco-friendly ways to make the most of your broken concrete after a construction or renovation job:

1. Reuse for Landscaping

Piles of Broken ConcreteAlthough regular concrete is a relatively eco-friendly construction material, modern concrete production processes often utilize energy and raw materials. Reusing existing concrete material to update your landscaping is an eco-friendly move as it both saves energy and keeps the old materials out of landfills.

Whichever style of landscaping you desire for your property, you will likely find a way to reuse old concrete. One innovative way to do that is to build fire pits, edge-raised garden beds, or stone walls. You could also construct stone sheds or even set the broken concrete pieces into the ground to serve as stepping stones for garden paths.

Alternatively, you can use broken concrete to create a wildlife habitat on your property. Simply stack the concrete pieces into a shallow hole to simulate a natural rock pile. This can provide much-needed shelter for native creatures such as chipmunks and lizards.

2. Donate to a Friend or Colleague

If your property is situated near a larger city or town, you may be able to locate someone in your area who can take away broken concrete pieces from your yard. They’ll then reuse them in one of their construction, landscaping, or similar projects.

Giving away the materials locally is just as eco-friendly as reusing them yourself. The process does not require any processing, and due to the close proximity, very little transportation energy will be used.

3. Recycle for New Construction

Your concrete cutting contractor may likely have plenty of experience and connections in the construction industry. If you don’t plan to deal with the old concrete, a building contractor may be able to haul it away for eco-friendly recycling. But be sure to specify that you’d like to have the materials recycled and not just disposed of in landfills.

Concrete is such a versatile building material that it has numerous applications even in new construction. For example, old concrete can be crushed up and added to new concrete as it is mixed. It can also be broken into rubble and utilized as an aggregate material for the sub-layer of a new road.

So, all it takes is a little forethought and planning to be able to avoid the environmental impact that comes with sending construction materials to the landfill.

4: Working with a Junk Hauling Company

Professional junk haulers have the experience and expertise to hauls away and safely dispose of old or broken concrete. They use proper lifting techniques to avoid injuries related to poor ergonomics, such as backaches and splintered hands.

With highly sophisticated equipment such as jackhammers, skid steer loaders, sledges, and 6 wheeled trucks, a professional junk hauler ensures better maneuverability and lowered payloads.

You can engage the services of a junk hauler to perform any of the following:

  • Hauling large piles of concrete left over from a demolition or construction project
  • Getting rid of old cracked concrete piles sitting for ages on your property
  • Hauling remnants of abandoned projects in an old property
  • Cutting and hauling old leftover concrete stairs
  • Clearing unwanted slabs of concrete to make room for hardcore or sod

Professional junk haulers typically use dump trucks for all concrete hauling jobs to ensure optimum safety for personnel and your driveway. So, there is no room for wimpy pick-up trucks here! A one-ton full-size pick-up truck can safely haul up to 2,000 lbs. of concrete. Other common safety equipment haulers use include:

  • Sturdy leather gloves
  • Hard hats
  • Dust Masks
  • Eye protection goggles
  • Steel toe boots

Bottom Line

Choosing to recycle broken concrete can be a big boost for the environment and companies or municipalities looking for raw building materials or repurposed aggregate building materials for road construction. But, if you want your construction and demolition debris hauled away right away, you can always count on Jung King for competitive fees and two-hour service windows. Contact us today for more information on how we can help you dispose of your broken concrete in an eco-friendly manner!

What You Should Know About Household Waste Disposal

Disposing of household waste is a job for the proven professionals.  Ask anyone who has tried DIY household waste disposal on their own and you will find it was challenging in all regards.  In fact, most people who attempt to dispose of their household waste end up quitting and leaning on the proven waste disposal experts for assistance.  If you have any household waste or other items you want eliminated from your living space, our team is here to lend a helping hand.

We Embrace the Challenge of Disposing Household Waste

Piles of trash Most people are not exactly eager to dispose of household waste and other old, broken and dirty items simply because it involves hard work.  However, Junk King is more than willing to break a sweat hauling all the household waste from your home.

In particular, people wonder how to best dispose of electronics, appliances, chemicals, batteries and paint.  Such household waste is problematic in that it has the potential to leak into the soil and water, compromising our increasingly sensitive planet.  We go to great lengths to repurpose non-hazardous items. Some such items can be recycled or donated to those in need.  Let us haul away all of your household waste and you will rest easy knowing that we maximized their utility rather than simply dumping them in the local landfill.

Not all Household Waste is the Same

Household waste is typically divided between the hazardous variety and the non-hazardous variety.  Hazardous household waste presents a danger to the planet, wildlife and even people.  The bottom line is it is a mistake to put such hazardous items into the garbage. If you were to put batteries, electronics, paint or other harmful items into your trash can, they would be transported to a landfill and ultimately contribute to the destruction of our planet.

As an example, herbicides, motor oil, paint, gasoline and bug sprays are hazardous waste materials.  When in doubt, lean on our team to differentiate hazardous waste from non-hazardous waste and perform a green haul that does not compromise the planet in any way.  Even if the item in question poses a threat to our team and we cannot haul it away, we will provide helpful guidance that makes it that much easier for you to dispose of the items in question in an environmentally-friendly manner.

Household Waste Disposal Done Right

Junk King is willing to haul away your household waste as long as it is not hazardous.  This means we are ready to haul away your old mattresses, box springs, boxes, yard debris, old books, some electronic items and household sundries.  Our reasoning for not hauling away hazardous materials is that they pose a threat to our employees and also the planet.

If you are uncertain as to how to dispose of a hazardous item, ask our team when they arrive to perform the haul as to the best approach for disposal.  It will also help to read the label on the item, contact your local government or reach out to the company/store that originally sold the product.  Though some such items lack an informative label, many have small print on the back or bottom that details how the product is to be disposed of without damaging the planet, animals, people, etc.

We Will Prioritize Your Household Waste Disposal

If you have any question as to whether the items you need hauled away are hazardous, simply reach out to our team.  We haul away 99% of the items our customers request to be disposed of.  The remaining 1% are actually illegal for our team to remove as they must be handled in a careful manner to safeguard our environment for future generations of humanity and wildlife.

Let us handle your household waste disposal project and we will prioritize your project, especially if you are preparing to move or have an abundance of items that are getting in the way.  Our goal is to exceed your expectations to the point that you are motivated to recommend Junk King hauling services to friends, colleagues, family and  your neighbors.

Marin’s Best Household Waste Disposal is at Your Service

In short, we sweat the small stuff of household waste disposal in Marin and beyond.  If you are tired of living in cramped quarters, tripping over items on the floor and adding even more items to your storage spaces, let our team help.  We will haul away all non-hazardous household waste items exactly as you desire and in accordance with your timetable.  Simply tell us what you want hauled and any other requests you have and we will tailor our service to your needs.

Contact Junk-King Marin Today

Our household waste disposal specialists are at your service.  If you have household waste, debris, old furniture, electronics or any other non-hazardous items you want hauled away, reach out to us today to schedule service.  You can contact Junk-King Marin by dialing (707) 744-4254 or by filling out our convenient online contact form.

Junk King Marin
1364 N. McDowell Blvd.
Petaluma, CA 94954
Hours: M-Sa: 8A-5P

Providing junk removal services to the Marin area, including:

Amer Cyn
Angwin
Belvedere Tiburon
Bodega
Bodega Bay
Bolinas
Calistoga
Camp Meeker
Cazadero
Corte Madera
Deer Park
Dillon Beach
Fairfax
Forest Knolls
Napa
Novato
San Rafael
Vallejo
and these nearby zip codes:
94503, 94508, 94515, 94558, 94559, 94576, 94581, 94589, 94590, 94591, 94592, 94901, 94903, 94920, 94922, 94923, 94924, 94925, 94929, 94930, 94933, 94945, 94947, 94948, 94949, 94998, 95419, 95421