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This is How Contractors Make More Money with Concrete Recycling

Compact Recycling Crushers Pay Insane Dividends

Recycling Concrete turns a Liability Into Money Instantaneously!

Many new developments require the demolition of old structures generating massive amounts of waste. Concrete recycling is a process to collect and crush concrete to a recycled concrete aggregate product for reuse or sale. The newly produced recycled commodity is much cheaper in cost than comparable virgin aggregates.



Cut trucking costs

Traditional methods of disposal are costly and time consuming. Recycle & reuse concrete on-site so no material needs to leave your site.

Cut material costs

Produce your own material at a much lower cost than purchasing your aggregates from a quarry or recycle yard.

Cut into the recycled concrete market

Generate new sources of income for your business with selling aggregates.


You are bleeding money if you send materials to the dump.

Without concrete & asphalt recycling you lose money to expensive trucking and tipping fees, you waste time waiting for the trucks to show up, and get frustrated with the ever increasing hassle to dispose of materials.

Improve your bottom line and produce your own recycled concrete aggregate for a $1 per ton*

Recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) is crushed concrete product that meets a specific spec to reuse it on projects. Common specs are ¾“- (19 mm-) base or 2"- subbase materials. The crushing process liberates and segreagates encapsulated rebar. Thus, recycled materials meet the requirements of most projects.

* actual production costs depend on feed material, contaminants, fines, moisture, and many more factors. More cost factors apply. Consult your material processing specialist.



Make more money

Disposal Cost

You won't get rid of your disposal cost unless you start recycling.

Hauling Cost

Trucking costs from the job to the recycling center and picking up new material can be reduced significantly.

Recycled Aggregate Value

You turn something that is worth nothing into a valuable commodity.


The concrete & asphalt recycling business model is a simple debit & credit calculation

First you need to understand your current costs for disposal of the various materials you generate in the construction and demolition process. Second, you need to gauge how much material it actually is. Third, you need put a price tag on the value of the material once it is processed.

Disposal costs

  Round-trip trucking time (job site - recycle yard - job site) 1 hour
  Cost for a tri-axle dump truck per hour 90 $ / hour
  Trucking cost per load 90 $ / load
Disposal costs
tipping fees
  Tipping fees 50 $ / load
Material value
market price
  Cost of recycled concrete aggregate (F.O.B. recycle yard) 7 $ / ton
  Tri-axle capacity (haulage capacity of broken concrete) 15 tons
  Material value saved 105 $ / load
Material value
inbound trucking
  Round-trip trucking time (job site - recycle yard - job site) 1 hour
  Cost for a tri-axle dump truck per hour 90 $ / hour
  Trucking cost per load 90 $ / load
  Traditional disposal costs 335 $ / load
  Crushing costs $1 per ton @ 15 tons 15 $ / load
  Savings potential to cover financing, mobilization, overhead 320 $ / load


“I started crushing because I believed there is a
future in that to get rid of the product. It is getting
more costly to dispose of it. It is getting more expensive
to truck it over the road with DOT and what

Mike Reilly, F.P. Reilly & Sons Inc.

Maximum versatility

The Multiple Uses of Recycled Aggregates


  • Base and subbase material for walkways, driveways, parking lots, and roads.
  • Gravel roads and pathways
  • Construction roads (construction entrances, and temp roads)
  • Fill material / U filler
  • Landscaping (substitute for landscaping mulch/stone)
  • Backfill material and shoulder stone
  • Riprap revetments for controlling streambank erosion


What is the process of recycling concrete?

Jaw vs Impact Crusher

At the heart of every concrete recycling operation is either a jaw crusher and/or an impact crusher. What's the best crushing setup depends on your finished material spec. Typically, contractors go for an impact crusher first because this type machine provides the widest application range from a ¾“- DOT spec material to a 3"- non-spec fill material. Plus, contrary to jaw crushers an impact crusher works well with asphalt recycling.

Jaw crushers are primary crushers and are unbeatable in taking large material and producing a coarse non-spec material (e.g. 3"- fill). If this is all you need, don't waste money on an impact crusher. Many contractors who start out with an impact crusher and who run into larger jobs run a jaw crusher in front of their impact crusher to maximize production and minimize wear costs. In this case, the jaw crusher takes the brunt and liberates the steel and the impact crusher produces the final spec product at a high rate.


The most important part of concrete crushing is prep

Before starting up your crusher you want to make sure the material is sized correctly. As a rule of thumb the material should be sized to 80% of the inlet opening of your crusher to avoid any blockages and loss in production. A concrete pulverizer or hydraulic hammer can be used to size the material. Set any large uncrushables aside. Cut and remove long strands of rebar and wire mesh. Without the prep you are losing money to downtime, create premature wear, and possibly damage your machine.


The right jobsite logistics save Dollars

Every time you touch and move material you are losing money. The pile should be prepped and ready to crush before you start-up your crusher. Your concrete recycling operation will be much smoother if you can maintain a constant feed. This means also feeding with an excavator than a wheel loader for a better control of your material. Also read the article on how to get the most out of your impact crusher.


C&D Waste
Dense graded aggregate produced by a RUBBLE MASTER impact crusher.
Asphalt & millings
Construction and demolition waste
Brick & cinder block

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Aggregate equipment is bulky, heavy, and difficult to move. RUBBLE MASTER machines are designed from scratch with mobility in mind, so you get the freedom to move anywhere and save transport costs.

Ease of Use

Operate with Ease

Heavy equipment is hard to work on and getting more and more complex. RUBBLE MASTER builds crushers & screens that make material processing easier than ever. You can put any operator on your RUBBLE MASTER with confidence.


Get More Done in A Day

Downtime means crew down. RUBBLE MASTER makes material processing more efficient and provides a plan if shit hits the fan so that you can reduce unplanned downtime and keep crushing.


No matter if you start out or branch out. We have the right size crusher for you!


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