Commonwealth of Virginia Recycles Concrete for Cash

varecycle1smlWhen the Commonwealth of Virginia tore down an old laboratory building in Richmond to build a parking garage, it wanted to save money for taxpayers in the process.

The Commonwealth devised a plan to save money by recycling the concrete on-site and using it to build the new parking garage.

A Caterpillar 330 B heavy front-end loader crushed 12,750 tons of concrete from the original structure. The recycled concrete was used as backfill for the new parking garage.

By recycling the concrete on-site, it avoided the added cost of hauling away the old concrete and did not need to purchase new concrete to complete the project.

The Commonwealth of Virginia saved nearly $500,000 by using the recycled concrete from the old laboratory for construction of the new parking garage.

Project Team

Engineers: Commonwealth of Virginia Department of General Services