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.