Modern concrete is made up of water, aggregate, and cement, and is the most widely used material in the world. It can be used as a pliable material when first mixed or a strong and durable one when it hardens. Concrete is used in building such diverse projects as skyscrapers, bridges, sidewalks, highways, houses, and dams.
When concrete is crushed it can be used as a recycled aggregate for brand new concrete if it is free of contaminants. Concrete pavements can also be broken in place and used as a base layer for an asphalt pavement through a process called rubblization, which is a technique that reduces it into a kind of debris that’s kept in place rather than moving it to another location. Recycled or crushed concrete can also be resold as paving or filling material. Some of the additional benefits of using recycled concrete include:
- Creating Recycled Aggregates for Roads, Parking Lots, & Driveways
- Used as a Product for Site Stabilizing & Bottom Layers of Roads
- Replacing a Wood Deck or Patio
Using recycled concrete is also beneficial for the environment. Many landfills don’t have the room to use concrete waste. When concrete and other used building materials in Portland, OR, are kept out of landfills they are able to be reused in other applications.