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Concrete

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Concrete

Concrete has been ubiquitous in our built environment since the Ancient Romans. This composite of cement, water, gravel and sand is a desirable building product due to its versatility, strength, durability and low cost.

Reduce | Reuse | Recycle | Facilities

How do I go green?

Reduce

Consider using pervious concrete for your driveway or walkway.  Or consider replacing driveways or patios paved with dark materials with lighter, cooler concrete. Also there are alternate options for your driveway or garden paths. Gravel or recycled wood chipping provide a similar function, may have less environmental impact, and are better for drainage.

Reuse

Reuse old paving stones as flowerpot stands or to create a decorative border around a raised flowerbed.

Recycle

The facilities below will accept concrete for recycling and reuse in new building projects. Concrete is 100 % recyclable.  Most of the concrete pavements that are broken up are crushed, sieved and recycled in base layers of unbound crushed material. Recycling concrete provides an economical source of aggregates that can be used to build and maintain the City's roadways.

Old concrete is broken down, metal rebar is separated for further recycling and the concrete aggregate is used to make new concrete or reused as a foundation material for roads and runways.

Facilities

  • Capital City Paving Ltd.

    740 Industrial Way
    Victoria
    250-474-5474

  • DL's Recycling Centre

    6844 Oldfield Rd
    Saanichton
    250.544.3103

  • H.L. Disposal & Lawn Services Ltd.

    334 Hillside Ave
    Victoria
    250.381.2020

  • Victoria Landscape Gravel Mart Ltd.

    2516 Pleasant Street
    Victoria
    250.381.2419

  • Victoria Materials Recycling and Depot (Lehigh Materials)

    343 Bay Street
    Victoria
    250.382.2973

  • The Environmental Story

    Concrete is a locally produced construction material.  It can safely incorporate a number of recycled materials such as fly ash, slag and silica fume, which are byproducts of other industries to enhance the properties of concrete. Aggregates and water are being recycled in ever-increasing amounts during the production of concrete. These practices benefit our landfill space and our environment.

    Pervious concrete is an important application for sustainable construction and is one of many low impact development techniques used by home owners and developers to protect water quality.

    Durability is a significant sustainable attribute of concrete because it will not rust, rot, or burn, requiring less energy and resources over time to repair or replace.  Howevers, since this sturdy material will withstand the test of weather and time, concrete should not end up in a landfill and should be recycled at an appropriate facility.  Concrete is banned from Hartland Landfill.