Replacing Your Concrete Driveway? How Should You Dispose Of Construction Waste?

6 June 2017
 Categories: Environmental, Blog

Although concrete is a highly durable paving material that can stand up to just about any weather conditions, over time, it can take a beating -- especially when used for a paved driveway with frequent vehicle traffic. If your driveway is showing some wear and tear, you might be considering tearing it up and replacing it with fresh pavement. 

However, planning and executing this type of project can be a challenge for homeowners who haven't ever made changes to their driveway before; while a contractor can handle the pouring and preparing, you may be on your own when it comes to disposing of the construction waste generated by this process. Read on to learn more about the dumpster services that can help you get rid of the "clean" dirt and concrete you generate during a driveway repaving, as well as some of the other waste disposal services you might need. 

How should you dispose the concrete and dirt generated from tearing up your current driveway?

Even if you're replacing one concrete driveway with another, you'll need to break up the pavement and remove all the old concrete before starting fresh. Trying to pour new concrete over old can lead to problems in the future as this older concrete breaks down and creates pitting or potholes in the freshly-paved surface. 

While you may be able to break up this concrete yourself with a rented jackhammer, removing it can be a different story. You'll usually want to enlist the services of a dumpster rental company that specifically rents out dumpsters for "clean" concrete and dirt dumping. By segregating these materials from much of the trash and junk normally tossed into rented roll-off dumpsters, you'll ensure that this concrete can be recycled and used again rather than thrown into an ever-rising landfill.

What other waste disposal services may you need during this process? 

In addition to a designated dumpster for your waste concrete and dirt, you may also want a way to dispose of other construction materials that might be left behind, from utility marking flags to the boards used to create cement molds. 

Disposing of these in a "clean" concrete or dirt dumpster can result in a steep upcharge to cover the dumpster rental company's recycling fee, so you'll usually need to rent a separate dumpster for these items. If you're dealing with less than a truckload or two of non-concrete waste, you may find it easier just to load it into the back of a pickup truck and pay the per-pound price for disposal at your local dump. 

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