Concrete Recycling Best Practices: How to Dispose of Concrete

How to Recycle Concrete Responsibly: 6 Best Practices

There’s a right way and a wrong way to do most things. For example, the correct way to hang toilet paper is over, not under. And if anybody tells you otherwise, you can send them to this bog blog.

You can probably guess where this is going…

When it comes to concrete recycling, there’s a right and wrong way to do it. Following a few key best practices will ensure that you recycle more of your waste and get the best value for money.

We’ve put together a list of six concrete recycling best practices so you can be confident you’re doing everything you can to recycle responsibly.

A pile of concrete rubble, showing chunks of concrete, bricks, pavers, and steel1. Know What’s Accepted

At least half of concrete recycling is knowing what to look for — and what’s accepted at your local concrete recycling facility. Sometimes it’s obvious, like a concrete slab, driveway, or path. But you can also recycle concrete bricks, outdoor pavers, clay tiles, and roof tiles. And it’s also A-OK to include oversized concrete and concrete that has reinforcement steel.

Anything else (including dirt, rubbish, plastic, ceramic tiles, and other waste) needs to be binned separately and dumped at a waste facility equipped to dispose of these items.

See our list of acceptable materials here.

Side note: we have two magnetic conveyor belts that extract as much steel as possible and separate it from the concrete, recycling around 508 tonnes of steel per year!

2. Keep it Clean

Keeping your concrete clean is the best way to ensure that all the good stuff gets recycled. It also ensures that you get the lowest fees for concrete disposal, as dirty concrete will attract an additional fee for sorting.

Clean concrete doesn’t mean you need to give it a rinse off with your garden hose. It simply means your concrete waste is free of any materials that aren’t accepted (see the points above!). 

At Moreton Bay Recycling, we’ve recently introduced some surveillance cameras to help us spot dirty incoming waste, which keeps our final product clean.

3. Clear Your Rubble
A skip bin being emptied at Moreton Bay Recycling
We love concrete here as much as anyone, but I think we can all agree that piles of concrete rubble aren’t a good look for your business, home, or worksite. Clear the rubble promptly by taking it to your local concrete recycling facility. Or book a skip bin to collect your concrete waste, with the added advantage of filling it gradually during your hire period.

Recently, we announced our partnership with Jumbo Skip Bins to make organising a skip easier than ever.

4. Keep it Local

It’s great to support local for a number of reasons. But one very practical reason to recycle your concrete locally is that the closer you are to the recycling facility, the lower your carbon emissions (and that means lower fuel costs, too). 

We’re the only dedicated concrete recycling facility in Moreton Bay, making us a popular choice for local businesses and a great many local infrastructure projects and developments. 

5. Choose the Right Facility

Moreton Bay Recycling’s office building, with recycled concrete products on display.Another part of responsible concrete recycling means doing your research into what happens to your waste after you drop it off. At Moreton Bay Recycling, we have an unusually high recycle rate — 99.9% of the waste that comes into the yard gets recycled and reused. Our 99.9% commitment is only possible because:

  • We’ve optimised our processes for concrete (it’s our specialty!)
  • Our customers do a great job of keeping their concrete clean

So, when choosing the right concrete disposal facility, do your homework to make sure your waste stays out of landfill.

6. Use Recycled Products
Moreton Bay Recycling dropping off recycled product at a home in Moodlu.

Finally, for any recycling process to work, there needs to be demand for the end product. So, try to choose recycled products wherever possible. The good news is that Moreton Bay Recycling is currently experiencing high demand for our products. Our aggregates help to preserve an estimated 147K of natural resources every year, offering a viable alternative to granite and sandstone gravels and other materials.

Tip: You can drop off your concrete waste and pick up fresh product in one trip to save time!

Got Questions About Concrete Recycling?

Our team is here to help you get confident with the whole concrete recycling process. 

Whether you’re a tradie, local resident, business, developer, or government organisation, we’d love to hear from you via (07) 3293 4949 or info@moretonbayrecycling.com.au. Or drop into our office during business hours at 171-177 Potassium Street, Narangba.

– Rory Crundall, Managing Director

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