How Recycling Concrete Can Relieve the Need for Sand Mining

Alright, so we know that concrete recycling is extremely cost-efficient, but let’s talk green. Sand and gravel are mined across the globe and account for the largest amount of solid material extracted from the earth, as well as the highest volume of raw material used after water. That’s some serious sand!

Sand and gravel aggregates contribute to 90% of asphalt pavements and 80% of concrete roads. This aggregate is also used for other things such as road embankments, shoreline bolstering, etc. You do the math. Wait…let me do it for you = THAT’S HUGE!

The very sad part is that the negative effects of mining this valuable resource are felt globally. The results are river and coastal erosion, change in water flow, marine currents and even lowering of the water table. This all has a major impact on our rivers, coastal and marine ecosystems.

However, there is a solution – RECYCLED CONCRETE! For each ton of cement, the building industry needs approximately six or seven tons of sand and gravel. So basically, the moral of the story here is that when recycled concrete is used for construction projects, as an alternative to natural aggregates such as sand and gravel, the results are highly environmentally-friendly as well as cost-effective.

If you would like to learn more about how to recycle concrete on your current projects for use on your future projects, how you can economically dispose of your concrete rubble or how you can acquire high quality recycled concrete, contact the experts – ACET Recycling.