Most construction/civil materials have the potential for recycling and reuse. Following the deconstruction of properties and the demolition of structures, materials can often be recovered, modified, broken down or stripped to create new materials. The following is a list of the top reclaimed and recycled building materials, click here to read about building materials that are not so easy to recycle. We have collated this list using materials that are commonly posted to the GreenHands platform. Other commonly recycled construction materials include metals, plastics and glass.
Concrete- Concrete, asphalt and masonry products like bricks can be broken up using industrial crushing equipment. It is then run through an impactor and screened to remove dirt particles. The result is a finer base product or aggregate that can be used to create new driveways/footpaths. It can be crushed to form different sized particles depending on its new use.
Untreated timber-Untreated timber from beams/posts, palettes, construction offcuts or timber structures can be put through a processor to create woodchip for playgrounds or landscaping projects. GreenHands can help provide a recycling solution for your wood waste by connecting you with someone who needs woodchip or mulch. Or, we can connect you to a facility that can process your untreated/treated timber waste products.
Topsoil- Topsoil can be created by collecting soil product from old building sites and foundations and screened to create new topsoil or blended with other materials to make compost for landscaping. Topsoil can be produced in bulk.
Salvaged goods-Salvaged goods include doors, windows, timber beams, staircases, shelves/bookcases. Salvaged goods are particularly good for people wanting to do a renovation or bespoke design. Rather than disposing them at a landfill, directly upload them to GreenHands and connect with someone who might want them. It saves the new builder time and cost involved with building a product from scratch.