what to do with all the busted up concrete??

debbie5(z5NY)April 19, 2005

This really DOES have something to do with gardening...in a roundabout way. LOL.

While digging a flower bed that is next to our stone driveway, we discovered that an old, broken up concrete driveway is **underneath ** all the gravel. The previous owners put the gravel down, as I guess ripping up an entire 150 foot long, broken driveway would be a nightmare.I now have a 5 foot square by 2 feet high pile of concrete chunks that we pulled out of the soil, that I need to get rid of. The trash guys won't take it, and the fine folks (**rolling eyes**) at the Schenect@dy city trash dep't had no suggestions on how a private citizen can get rid of bowling ball sized chunks of concrete (seeing as I don't have a construction waste permit for the dump). I thought of sneaking in a piece a week into the regular trash, but...like I have the time & energy/patience to do that. Grr. No, double Grr.

Any ideas on how I can get rid of this stuff?? Hubby is threatening to load it up in the car and just dump it in a ditch somwewhere...the thought of which makes me nuts.

Any ideas??



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penny1947(z6 WNY)

I have seen people use pieces set down in the soil to make a garden path or a walk way to an entrance way. I also have to big concrete pads that a previous owner used for something. Right now they aren't in the way but when we do our deck they will have to be removed. I was considering breaking it up and using it as stepping stones to the deck.


    Bookmark   April 20, 2005 at 7:31AM
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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

Ask around if anybody has a use for clean fill. Around here, I know a lot of people who'd take it. A bigger problem is going to figure out how to move it, though it doesn't really sound like that big a pile.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2005 at 7:53AM
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My local newspaper gives you an ad for free if what you're offering is free. I listed free fill. A guy came with his truck and took some.

What was left, I hired a 'man with truck' who cleans up basements, etc and hauls it away. Cost me some money, but I wanted it out of there.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2005 at 1:38PM
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DigginDanny(z5 NY Catskills)

Lay out the concrete chunks...cover with top soil and voila! you have a nice raised berm in which to plant.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2005 at 1:45PM
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Any chance you can arrange them in a manner to create a water feature in your yard?
Otherwise I'd be looking for some one needing clean fill.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2005 at 2:07PM
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jlui(z6 UpstateNY)

A lot of the communities in the Rochester area have what they call a "drop off", usually one in Spring and one in Fall. Basically, the town (or whatever) will take whatever you can't get your regular garbage collector to take with a few exceptions (paint cans, etc). I'd check with your town (or towns nearby where you have friends!) . . We're looking at the same problem from the cement-ish stuff that used to be under our tiled shower floor before we did the demolition. It's amazing how that stuff chunks up into huge piles!


    Bookmark   April 26, 2005 at 10:46PM
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bhrost(zone 5 NY)

The ideal thing would be to make lemonade from lemons and use these concrete chunks in some creative garden feature.

If that's not possible there are probably places in your area that accept so-called clean fill - the problem is finding them. Where I live, the gravel yard that I purchase gravel and stones from for my garden has a section where you can drop off clean fill. I don't know if every or even many gravel yards have similar policies, but since these are fairly common establishments (there's always a need for gravel in construction and the like pretty much everywhere in the USA) you might want to inquire of some in your locality.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2005 at 9:24PM
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jim_w_ny(Zone 5a)

Good question. I have some 10' x 10' chunks that a helpful neighbor with his bugger moved off a place I want to build an arbor. (Too uneven and broken to build on) and at the moment they are barely noticeable on some of my spare acres. The vegetation will soon cover the pile but I'll always know they're there and someday the crunch will come. Breaking them into smaller movable pieces is surely a big need to being more creative. How about dynamite! Can't you see big chunks flying through the air into my house!

    Bookmark   May 3, 2005 at 2:20PM
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Last Spring, hubby & me tried arranging them to border a flower bed, but mowing and weed whacking around them was impossible due to the uneven edges...by Fall we had a mass of weeds all over.

We are either gonna dump them in a ditch somewhere or throw them in the city school dumpster, neither of which feel like the "right" choice. C'est la vie. I have no other way to dispose of them.


    Bookmark   May 6, 2005 at 9:29PM
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crankyoldman(z5 NY)

Please don't dump them in a ditch. No matter which ditch you choose, it will belong to someone. How would you like it if someone did this to you? People who live out in the country really hate it when people come out here and dump things (including animals) like our property is their free landfill/pound. That stuff is yours. Take responsibility for getting rid of it. The clean fill thing is a good idea. Or if you keep it, how about throwing ivy on it? Then you won't have to weed whack around it. You'll just have to whack the ivy.:)

    Bookmark   May 9, 2005 at 10:22AM
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lblack61(z5 NY)

Post it on Freecyle, is one thing you might do. It's amazing what someone else has use for that another person doesn't.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2005 at 12:43PM
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Maybe I can put it on the mayor's lawn....??

    Bookmark   May 10, 2005 at 9:51PM
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