How Much Does Crushed Concrete Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 15, 2018

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 growing environmental awareness and stricter environmental laws, this concrete is now being recycled.

Crushing concrete and reusing it significantly reduces construction costs, and we are able to save thousands of gallons of water that’s usually used to produce cement.

Crushed Concrete by Reuse Warehouse Houston, on Flickr
Crushed Concrete” (CC BY 2.0) by  Reuse Warehouse Houston

How much does crushed concrete cost?

On average, the cost of crushed concrete will depend on the type of concrete that is purchased, the market conditions, and where you purchase it.  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, charges anywhere from $7 per ton for number two recycled concrete to as much as $10 for number 67 recycled concrete.

LadyLeesHome.com created a nice blog post, showing off her new driveway using crushed concrete.  According to her post, and as we mentioned, the price can greatly vary from week to week.  She had paid $6 per ton for the crushed concrete.

Members on NewAGTalk.com talked about the costs of crushed concrete in their area.  According to some of the responses, the prices ranged anywhere from $320 for a 20-ton load to $17 per ton delivered.

Crushed concrete overview

Most companies are going to have a minimum order requirement if you need it delivered.  For example, the minimum order quantity at Mainland Aggregates, the company mentioned above, is either a 1 x 8 wheeler loose load or 20 bulk bags.  Its 1×8 wheeler load contains 17 to 20 tons of 75-40 mm crushed concrete, while the bulk bag weight is around one ton.

The 75-40 mm crushed concrete is suitable for use in horse racing showground sub-bases as well as for drainage layers.

With recycle concrete, you will often see numbers next to the grades.

57, for example, is approximately 1 inch to 1.5 inches in diameter and is appropriate as a wall backfill.  It is also suitable as a first base under crushed aggregate.  67 is fit for use as a backfill behind retaining walls.  304, which has been crushed to 1.5-inch minus, may be left exposed as it is or placed under concrete or asphalt.  311 is suitable for use as pipe bedding or for general filling.  Lastly, number two is around two inches to three inches in diameter and is suitable for use as a main base under the crushed aggregate.

Crushed concrete usually comes in a gray color, similar to the concrete you’re used to seeing.

What are the extra costs?

The estimated noted above won’t include delivery if you were to need it delivered to your doorstep.  When delivery is factored in, it is best to add at least 30% to the cost.

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.

How can I save money?

Ask for different prices or check websites of popular suppliers in your area.

There are some places that will offer crushed concrete for free, but you will be responsible for the pickup and delivery.


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