Is Demolition Bad for the Environment?

On the surface, demolition might appear to be not so environmentally friendly, especially to someone who isn’t familiar with the finer points of the demolition industry. However, the demolition industry has been a huge proponent of environmentally friendly practices like recycling for a long time.

Recycling and Reusing

Once the general public became aware of the growing problem of landfills and waste, demolitionists stepped up to do our part. From there, we’ve made huge strides in the way we recycle building materials like concrete and steel. Today, we’re able to crush old concrete and mix it in with a new batch or use it has gravel. By focusing on steel recycling, we’re now able to proudly say that 2/3 of US steel production comes from recycled steel.

We do our best to recycle and reuse whatever we can, and keep building materials out of landfills. There’s still a long way to go before we can recycle 100% of a demolished building, but we’re making progress every day.

Fewer Natural Resources

By reusing building materials, it also decreases the need to make new building materials. This means less natural resources are needed to make new building materials for new construction projects.

Making Room

Although it may be sad to see old buildings come down, this makes room for new buildings to be built on land that was already developed instead of having to cut down trees on untouched land. This preserves more land and keeps the trees and inhabiting wild life safe from more clear cutting.  

All and all, demolition is much more environmentally friendly than most people probably think. Between recycling, decreasing the need for natural resources, and preserving land, the demolition industry is taking a proactive stance to limit the environmental impact of demolishing buildings and structures.