How to Recycle Bricks

July 3, 2014

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Are you taking down an old brick fireplace? Or, digging up a garden path? Finding a good place to recycle bricks can be tricky.

Bricks fall into a category known as “construction and demolition” (or C&D) waste. For years, the only place that would take construction waste was the local landfill. Then solid waste management companies started to get smart about how much space bricks, concrete and other construction debris took up. Not only are demolition materials heavy and bulky, but there are also a lot of them out there. A 2008 study conducted in California discovered that construction waste makes up 29% of the state’s total waste stream.

Many communities now have facilities that handle C&D waste, but they tend to be geared more toward contractors than homeowners. In addition, not all of them recycle the materials they receive. Instead, they take items to special C&D landfills that are reserved solely for demolition waste.

If your community has a good C&D recycler, count yourself as lucky. If not, you may need to pursue an option for reusing your bricks.

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Source: 1-800-RECYCLING

By Sophia Bennett