how to recycle concrete

How to Recycle Concrete and Save Money at the Same Time

how to recycle concreteThere has been a view in the construction industry that crushing concrete is really only for the large scale stationary crushers. But, never has that been further from the truth than now. Crushing concrete on site with a mini crusher is very viable and makes strong financial sense. 

Mini crushers can get into the smallest of places and crush site concrete in-situ and exactly where it’s needed. There are now crushers which are tailor made for this role, and the high portability of the best available crusher equipment from Red Rhino really comes into its own in such situations.

The use of the Red Rhino mini crusher needs far fewer movements of the crushed rubble around the site, than any other method, keeping costs low and providing the absolute minimum of interference with the rest of the operations on-site.

Image above shows the typical result from on-site concrete crushing.

Red Rhino mini crushers can work in far smaller spaces than a traditional large scale crusher, yet still achieve up to 45 tonnes per hour of valuable crushed stone ready for re-use in site applications. The Red Rhino mini crushers as their name suggests, are built to be strong and tough, and capable of crushing even the hardest rubble.

Existing Red Rhino owners have recognized that purchasing and maintaining a mini crusher can really save them money. The running costs are in the £100’s not £1000’s per year. This is a viable alternative to the traditional large scale crusher approach.

“The Opportunity for Site Managers to Reduce Costs with Red Rhino Mini Crushers is substantial”

The construction industry currently produces 120 million tonnes of waste every year. Around 20 million tonnes of this waste ends up in landfill with no reuse and no intrinsic value.

In financial terms the UK is spending £4bn annually to dump waste in the nations landfill sites.

Why continue to pay all those costs? They are currently very high, and are rising, with increasing landfill tax and fuel costs, when you can crush your own concrete and re-use the crushed material, or better still – sell it?

In many cases, in financial terms, it means that crushing just 15 tonnes of rubble can easily save at least £600 compared to dumping it.

Jason Purllant, Sales and Marketing Manager, of Red Rhino has reported recently that, with the increasing pressure to recycle waste, sales volumes of their plant are increasing rapidly. But it’s not just in the UK market that is taking off for them. Jason says he receives internet enquiries from all over the world. The world market is now focused on recycling concrete… Don’t be left behind. We need to be doing the same in the UK. There are limited landfill opportunities and these are only going to become rarer and more expensive.

The UK only recycles 15% of all the waste it produces compared to Denmark where recycling is reported to have reached 90%.  Jason pointed out that we have a long way to go to catch up on our European neighbours.  This problem will not go away on its own, but contractors have the solution available to them.

This market is set to grow over the next 5 years with fuel prices rising and landfill tax rising by over £8 per tonne each year.

Red Rhino Products

Red Rhino Products concrete crushing products work on a very simple action that calls for two jaws, set in a “V” shaped notch configuration, to be powered together. Material; that is rocks, bricks, kerbstones etc., entering the top become progressively crushed as they slip down into the “V” until they are small enough to fall through the gap at the bottom.

The size of the finished material is governed by the width of the gap at the bottom. Output can vary from 10mm to 140mm depending on the settings of the jaws.

The Red Rhino Products range starts with the 750kg 2000 series increasing in size to the 10,000kg 7000 series. We have a range of crushers to suit every application and budget. Our most popular machine is the 5000 series which boasts a massive 20 tonnes per hour capacity, yet will fit easily on the back of standard 3 tonne rated plant trailer.

The Future

The crushing market is set to grow still further, bucking the general trend of the construction industry.

Increasing EU pressure is forcing all businesses to consider how they handle their construction waste. Any construction project over £300,000, by law, now has to have a written statement how they intend to handle the waste they will produce from the project.

“Build Red Rhino Products crushing equipment into you Construction Site Waste Management Plan (CSWMP), from the start.”

Why not visit their website where prospective customers are given the opportunity to review their full range of crushers detailing each individual specification, as well as having the chance to see explanatory videos of the products in action.

Click the link which follows to visit the Red Rhino Products concrete crushing products web site for more information.

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