During the early stages of constructions demolition of concrete structures is involved. This process leaves the contractors with a very sizable amount of concrete to deal with. Over the years many ways of recycling concrete have been discovered. The process involves pulverizing and crushing concrete although for you to choose the best method for crushing the concrete some factors are to be considered for example the shape and size of the concrete.
Benefits of recycling.
Using the concrete again will help avoid too much construction waste and will also save the contractors large sums of money for the disposal fee or tipping fees. Again there is reduced transport costs because in many cases concrete is recycled in areas near construction sites. The bonus point is the builders will receive LEED Green Building certificate for recycling concrete. Recycling concrete often creates employment opportunities.
Process of recycling.
Concrete usually is recycled using the industrial equipment for crushing because it is very heavy. After breaking, concrete is put through an impactor then it is screened to make sure all the dirt is removed. Then it is separated large and small particles aside. After this some additional processes are done. There is the water flotation separators, the magnets are also used in order to remove the specific elements from the crushed concrete. Concrete can also be pulverized but this is not the best method since it makes it harder for separation process to be completed.
Equipment’s to use.
You’ll need to consider a couple of options before deciding which method you’ll use. The most convenient solution is using a crushers that is portable to be able to transport it from different positions. Place the crusher near the crushing site but not at a position where it might hinder site activities. Factors you should consider before choosing an equipment are a powerful electromagnet, an air separator system, separate hydraulic stands, and automatic control systems
Importance of recycled concrete.
Old concrete can be used to make gravel, aggregates as well as materials for paving. Normally on walkways or drive ways are made out of broken concrete which is carefully put on a stable. Crushed concrete can be used to make bed foundations that will contain underground utility lines which is not expensive. The concrete small particles can replace aggregates which are used to mix concrete in constructions. Another use is it can be used to control stream bank erosions this is for the larger pieces as well as wire gabions for gulley erosions. Find out how mismatched colors in stamped and decorative concrete can harm the look of concrete.