Going green is a popular trend in construction and in our daily lives. As people are looking for ways to go green, they’re looking at what they can do around them to help the environment and reduce their carbon footprint. Here’s what you can do as a homeowner when working with concrete to do your part and be green.
How to Go Green with Concrete
When working with a concrete professional, ask what they do with any leftover, ruined or extra concrete. Many will recycle or use it for additional projects, charging you only for what you use and what is used for the project. If there’s anything leftover, or perhaps you’re having old concrete removed, you can recycle it in many cases.
There’s several ways to recycle concrete. If you’re hiring a company to do it, they often will offer to haul it away for you for a fee. You can request to have it recycled. Depending on the condition of the concrete, they may even buy it from you at a discounted price for having to haul it, too. It always pays to see if your concrete company can help you with recycling concrete.
If you’re taking on a project yourself, you can always reach out on Craigslist or into the local community. There are many art, community and school projects that might be in the need of recycled concrete. If this is the case, they’ll often come take it off your hands for free which allows it to be recycled.
There are a variety of ways to go green when owning a home. It takes some time and research, but it can be done. If you’re taking on a new concrete project, consider what steps you can take to help save the environment and reduce your carbon footprint.