What Happens To Recycled Building Materials in Melbourne

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Builders or Renovators this is what happens to your building materials when you send them off in a bin or skip.  Kartaway Melbourne provide a large range of skips and bins and most materials can be recycled.  Kartaway will also do the sorting for Builders, saving them valuable time.

Recycling Concrete

Recycling concrete is used for gravel and the base material for roadways.  When recycled for these uses it saves on landfill, reduces gravel mining and reduces pollution. One ton of recycled cement saves 1,360 gallons of water and 900 kg of co2. Using recycled concrete has the added benefit of keeping construction costs down.

Specialist facilities crush the concrete in crushing machines. As only uncontaminated concrete can be put through the machines trash, wood, paper and similar materials must be removed. The facility uses magnets to remove any metals, which are then melted down for recycling elsewhere. Once crushed other particulates are filtered out. These fines and aggregates are used within the building and construction industry.

Recycling Bricks

Bricks are either cleaned for re-use, crushed into brick chips, or crushed into finer particles.  When cleaned they are re-used for buildings, landscaping or wall construction. The recycled brick chips are used for landscape material. The fine brick particles are used in manufacturing road-base, track and drainage material, fill sand or even to make new bricks.

Recycling Soil

When truck loads of building and landscaping waste is dropped off at the Recycling Depots inevitably a large amount of soil is picked up along with the waste when it is loaded.  Even this soil is not wasted, being put through several screens to produce a finer product which is sold on for re-use.

Recycling Plaster

Gyprock or Plaster board can be recycled very successfully, as the plaster powder produced is nearly as good as the virgin quality.   The board is separated to create the gypsum powder and, where high quantities are available, this can be achieved quite efficiently.

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