What Happens to Building Materials During Demolition?

Demolishing a building will inevitably create quite the mess. Knocking down walls and tearing down entire structures produces mounds and mounds of used building materials like concrete, steel, carpet, flooring, and roofing materials. A long time ago, the demolition industry saw all these used building materials and decided to do something about it.

As a result of that decision, the demolition industry has been leading the way in recycling used building materials for many years now. In fact, two-thirds of US steel production comes from recycled steel pulled from demolition sites. While we certainly recycle a lot of steel through demolition, it’s not the only material we recycle.

Concrete is also a material that we can easily recycle, and do so often. After we’ve picked all the concrete from the rest of the rubble, we crush it down into small pieces and dust. This crushed mixture can then be reused as new aggregate for a fresh mix of concrete.

Most of the recycling happens offsite after demolition is finished. During demolition, sorting is the name of the game. To make it easier to recycle more used building materials, we do our best to sort the different materials with other similar materials. For example- we put concrete with other concrete and steel with other steel.

We’re constantly looking for new ways to recycle more used building materials when we’re demolishing buildings and structures. As technology advances more and more, we can only hope to see the percentage of recycled materials grow higher and higher.

At DT Specialized Services, we take the responsibility of recycling seriously. As we remove aging buildings to make room for new developments to take shape, we feel a certain duty to do it in an environmentally responsible manner. By doing this, we can not only reduce the environmental impact of demolition and construction, but we can also reduce the cost of new construction projects by providing recycled options.