How Much Does Crushed Concrete Cost?
Crushed concrete refers to the rubble produced after concrete structures are demolished or renovated. These materials used to end up in landfills for disposal, but due to the people’s growing environmental awareness and stricter environmental laws, this concrete is now being recycled.
Crushing concrete and reusing it significantly reduces construction costs as well. By recycling concrete, we are able to save thousands of gallons of water supposed to be used in the production of cement. Recycling also reduces pollution involved in trucking. Besides, reusing concrete saves landfill space.
How much does it cost?
- On average, the cost of crushed concrete will depend on the type of concrete that is purchased. Listed below are some of the various types of concrete and their uses.
- Most companies are going to either charge by the yard or by the ton. When crushed concrete is charged by the ton, the price can vary anywhere from $6 to $14 per ton. By the yard, crushed concrete can cost anywhere from $20 to $30. Generally, the more you purchase, the lower that price will be per yard or ton.
- Mainslandscapesupply.com, for example, sells its crushed concrete from $22.95 to $24.95.
- Hafners.com, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, offers these prices per ton of the different sizes of crushed concrete:
- Recycled Concrete No. 2 — $7
- Recycled Concrete No. 57 — $10
- Recycled Concrete No. 67 — $10
- Recycled Concrete No. 304 — $7
- Recycled Concrete No. 311 (1/2” minus) — $7
What is going to be included?
- Most companies are going to have a minimum order requirement if you need it delivered. For example, the minimum order quantity at Mainland Aggregates is either 1 x 8 wheeler load loose or 20-bulk bags. Its 1×8 wheeler load contains 17-20 tons of 75-40 mm crushed concrete. The bulk bag weight is around 850 to 900 kilograms.
- The 75-40 mm crushed concrete is suitable for use in horse racing showground sub-bases as well as for drainage layers.
- The size of Recycled Concrete No. 2 is around 2 inches to 3 inches in diameter and is suitable for use as a main base under crushed aggregate.
- Recycled Concrete No. 57 is approximately 1 inch to 1.5 inches in diameter and is appropriate as a wall back fill. It is also suitable as a first base under crushed aggregate.
- Recycled Concrete No. 67 is fit for use as a backfill behind retaining walls.
- The Recycled Concrete No. 304, which has been crushed to 1.5-inch minus, may be left exposed as it is or placed under concrete or asphalt.
- The Recycled Concrete No. 311 is suitable for use as pipe bedding or for general filling.
- Crushed concrete usually comes in a grey color.
What are the extra costs?
- The prices given above may not include value added tax and delivery. When delivery is factored in, it is best to add at least 30% to the cost.
Factors that influence the price:
- Delivery charges can vary depending on the distance of the project site from the supply site.
- The type of concrete purchased can affect the price. As mentioned above, there are many different types of concrete that can be used for different projects.
Tips to know:
- Crushed or recycled concrete is as strong as the new or original concrete and can sometimes be even stronger sometimes.
- Once the crushed concrete is set in place, you can no longer tell its difference from the original one.
- Crushed concrete is suitable for use as pavement for shoulders on highways, sidewalks, bridges, curbs, and gutters. It can also provide the foundation for paving projects using both concrete or asphalt. Once it is laid down and leveled it can be a steady base for other projects.
- Many people get crushed concrete and gravel confused. While they can look very similar, they are made from different materials. While crushed concrete is literally concrete that has been finely crushed to the size of gravel, gravel is made of actual rocks that have simply been collected. Many times, crushed concrete is cheaper than gravel.
Questions to ask:
- How do I calculate the quantity of crushed concrete needed in a particular area?
- Where can I send my rubble for recycling? Can it be picked up or do I need to take it? Is there any reward for recycling the concrete?
- How about the safety or risk factors of the recycled painted concrete?
How can I save money?
- Ask for different prices from several contractors and compare their prices. To get delivery and installation prices, consider using free quote services such as HomeAdvisor.com.
- Using crushed concrete at home allows you to help the environment and saves you money. However, you should select a supplier that can provide you with the best quality product that will last for a long time.
- There are some places that will give you crushed concrete for free. Companies need to pay for the transportation and disposing of concrete, so instead they may offer it for free as long as you pick it up. Contact different companies in your area, or even call the Department of Transportation for information about crushed concrete in your area.