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How to Dispose of Bricks

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Brick Disposal Options for Any Project

Whether you tackled a DIY demolition or hired a professional, completing the project left you with a stack of bricks. How do you get rid of bricks fast and efficiently? There are many options available, from donation and recycling centers to upcycling or renting a dumpster. Just be sure not to pile them at the end of your driveway — curbside collection won’t handle unwanted bricks. Read on to see which of our six helpful brick disposal options works best for you.


6 Ways to Get Rid of Unwanted Bricks

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Silica is detectable in many types of stone, including brick and concrete. Inhaling fine silica dust over time can lead to serious health issues, so be careful when handling bricks and wear a mask.

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2. Reuse Them

Bricks are handy for many projects, like walkways, raised garden beds and landscape edging. If you have an upcoming project, why not reuse your old bricks? Especially considering they are expensive to purchase, it’s a good idea to upcycle your bricks. The ideas are infinite, so you should consider your needs, what may be useful and what will make your place more comfortable. A landscaper can build a gazebo with a lot of leftover bricks or you can build a fire pit yourself with a small amount.

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3. Donate Them to a Recycling Center

You can donate bricks in good condition to organizations that accept used building materials. Reuse stores, like the Habitat for Humanity Restore, are a fantastic way to prolong the life of your bricks while also getting them off your hands. You can find a local recycling center on Earth911 or in a general Google search.

Since brick material is so durable, they're easy to recycle in a variety of projects. Giving to a non-profit that provides shelter to people in need might just give you the solution you’re looking for with the bonus feeling of knowing you’ve helped someone you don’t even know.

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To save yourself extra time and energy, learn how to dispose of yard waste so you can get back to what matters most.

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4. Call a Junk Removal Company

If you don’t have the ability to load the bricks in a truck or the time to wait for free pickup from an interested party, a junk hauling service can do the work for you. The cost will depend on your location and the number of bricks you have. Many junk removal companies accept small amounts of construction debris, typically two tons per truck. However, you will need to make sure they will take your bricks before scheduling the service. If you don’t have enough to fill up the truck, they may charge you a fee. You may also need to stack your bricks beforehand.

5. Rent a Dumpster

Take advantage of quick, convenient brick disposal with a temporary dumpster rental. Simply toss the bricks into the dumpster as you work. This is a great way to get rid of other heavy waste, such as concrete and rock and gravel at the same time. You can choose from a couple of dumpster sizes to contain the mess. Renting a dumpster is a hassle-free approach to unloading unwanted bricks all at once instead of worrying about assembling them for pickup or transporting them to a business or landfill.

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6. Take Them to a Landfill

When you need to dispose of broken bricks and there are no recycling centers nearby, a landfill may be your only option. Most landfills accept old bricks but check ahead to confirm. They may charge you roughly $40 per ton of bricks you dump. If you have a small amount of bricks, you can haul them to the landfill yourself, which works best if you can fit them all in one trip. Although this can be a budget-friendly option, keep in mind the time and manpower required to haul multiple loads of bricks to your closest landfill. If you aren't located near one, you may end up spending a full day or multiple days getting rid of bricks this way.

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More Brick Removal Resources

Getting rid of more than just bricks? We’ll walk you through the waste removal process for all your outdoor debris and indoor junk. Check out our disposal guides, helpful articles and blog posts to learn more.