How To Dispose of Bricks

How to Dispose of Bricks

If you’re undertaking a DIY project like ripping up an old walkway, modernizing an aging chimney, or adding on to or making improvements to a brick structure, you may find yourself wondering what to do with old bricks. Don’t stress—even though they're heavy, they’re not impossible to remove or reuse. We’ll walk you through the ins and outs of how to get rid of bricks.

Rent a Roll-Off Dumpster

If you’re undertaking a more sizable project, like a full rebuild or renovation, you may end up with a lot of brick—ASAP can help there, too. We’re a trusted partner for many remodelers, DIYers, and contractors alike, and we can provide roll-off dumpsters to toss your unwanted bricks and debris into. Here’s how it works: You order a clean concrete dumpster, we drop it off at your location, you fill it with brick throughout the length of your project, and we pick it up when you’re done. It’s that easy!

There are just a few things to note. One is preparing for your project and your dumpster delivery. You’ll need to determine whether you’ll be disposing of only bricks or if you’ll be getting rid of other materials too. The contents of a clean dumpster must be homogenous because they’re recyclable, so if you plan to remove more than brick, you’ll need to order a separate clean dumpster for each different material. You’ll also need to make sure the dumpster area is secure and ready for our providers to deliver. That’s as simple as selecting a flat, dry spot and putting down some plywood to protect the surface where you’re placing your dumpster.

Once you’ve determined a few of those variables, you’ll be ready to select your dumpster and get your project off the ground. If you’re not quite sure how to go about planning this part of the project yourself, give us a call. We’ll be happy to provide you with our expertise.

Sell or Donate Bricks in Your Neighborhood

One affordable and ethical solution is to recycle bricks within your community. If you’ve got a decent amount of bricks on your hands, you may be able to donate them to a local business or nonprofit that could use them. Just think: Your old fireplace could become a new retaining wall in a community garden or add some character to a school sidewalk. Your community may also have a materials exchange program, where locals looking for items like bricks could be hoping to meet someone with a ready supply. If you’re determined to find a free brick disposal method, this is one of your best bets.

If your bricks are in good shape—meaning they’re whole with no chips—you may even be able to sell them to a local contractor or builder. It’d be great to make some money off of bricks you plan on disposing of anyway, and you can likely even negotiate for the buyer to take on the responsibility of the brick removal.

If you’re not able to find a connection within your community, your city or county may recycle your bricks for you, although not every city has a brick dump. If your area does have a special spot for brick disposal, though, that’s a great option.

Reuse Bricks at Home 

Of course, you can find all sorts of creative ways to reuse bricks yourself. Sometimes the question isn’t how to dispose of bricks but how to give them a new life in your own home. Spruce up your backyard with a new walkway or patio, build a firepit or a retaining wall, line your flower beds or encircle your trees, or create brick pedestals to set your plants on. Bricks can be painted and sealed if their original color doesn’t quite suit your project, and they look great with moss growing on them, too!

So, if you want your bricks to serve some kind of purpose and you’re wondering “Where can I recycle bricks?” you can go in several different directions with a little effort and some creativity.

Junk Removal

If you want to dispose of your bricks a lot faster, and you’re not particularly concerned about where they end up, you may want to contact a local junk hauler. Most communities have local businesses that make their money hauling off the things you don’t want, and that includes brick removal. This option is great and can be pretty affordable if you don’t have too many bricks to haul—for instance, if you’re replacing your yard’s walkway or installing a new window in your home. Look into ASAP Site Services’ junk removal option if you want to simplify your brick disposal process.

Take Your Bricks to the Dump

If you’re more of the DIY type, and you have a pickup truck or a van, you can also haul your bricks to the dump yourself. Most municipal dumps charge disposal rates by the ton, so chances are if you’ve got a small number of bricks to unload and you’re doing it yourself, you can do it pretty cheaply. It may end up costing no more than a tank of gas and some elbow grease.

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