Where did all the concrete go?

I hope you enjoyed the last post about the basement floor removal. We had fun swinging the sledge hammer busting that concrete floor. It ended up to be a lot of concrete!


What did we do with it – other than throwing it in the back of my truck?


While researching Construction Waste Management (CWM) options, I compiled a list of various recyclers. I found my go-to places for deconstruction debris (WasteBox, Inc.), scrap metals and clean wood debris (which is turned into wood chips).

A few weeks back, when I was getting masonry supplies for the parapet repair at the Illinois Brick Company on California, just north of I-55, I noticed their neighbor across the street, Lindahl Brothers, Inc. They have a huge pile of old concrete in their yard, which was the give-away that they run a concrete recycling facility.

Mine and any other concrete received is crushed, sorted and sieved, turning it into aggregate that can be re-used in construction. Eventually I will need some aggregate for the new basement slab. If I get my materials here, I may end up re-using the very concrete that we removed.


As prices for scrap metal fluctuate, so does the cost for recycling concrete. If nobody is buying the aggregate, the concrete pile gets bigger and the cost for dropping off concrete for recycling goes up. If the aggregate ‘flies of the shelves’, you may even be offered a buck to deliver your concrete for recycling.

I was very happy to get charged as little as $15 per truckload. It made the whole operation rather affordable.

About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. He developed a landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has expanded his skill set to building science. Starting in 2009, Marcus applied the newly acquired expertise to the deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year old home in Chicago.

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