How to Dispose of Bricks

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The Complete Brick Disposal Guide

Wondering how to get rid of bricks after a project? Despite how heavy they are, it doesn’t have to be a hassle.

Whether you’re looking for an affordable brick disposal solution or for ways to repurpose old bricks, we’ve laid out all your options in this thorough guide.

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Top 3 Brick Disposal Options

1. Rent a Roll Off Dumpster

One of the most convenient and cost-effective ways to dispose of old bricks is to rent a dumpster. This is a great way to get rid of bricks, concrete, asphalt and other heavy materials at the same time, and you can choose from a range of dumpster sizes to fit your job. Simply call and schedule a delivery time and location that’s convenient for you. Then, you can fill the brick dumpster as you work and have all your project debris removed when you’re done. Budget Dumpster offers flexible rental periods, so you can hang onto your container for a weekend or longer and clean up at your own pace.

Roll Off Dumpster Filled With Stacks of Bricks
BenefitsThings to Consider
- No need to be home for delivery or pickup.- You’ll load the dumpster yourself.
- You can keep the brick dumpster on-site for as long as you need.- Best suited for disposing of a large quantity of bricks or other materials.
- An all-inclusive, affordable rate is provided upfront.
- Offers a guaranteed, scheduled removal of your bricks.

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2. Hire a Junk Removal Service to Remove the Bricks

Many junk removal companies will accept small amounts of construction debris, usually up to 2 tons per truck. However, you will need to make sure they will take your bricks before scheduling the service. The company will let you know how many bricks you can get rid of using one of their trucks, and the price will be determined upon their arrival. You may also need to stack your bricks beforehand.

BenefitsThings to Consider
- Heavy lifting is done for you.- You won’t receive a quote until they arrive, and price is subject to increase.
- Offers a scheduled removal of your bricks.- You must be present for their pickup window.
- Not ideal for removing large amounts of brick or construction debris.
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3. Get Rid of the Bricks Yourself

Depending on how many you have, you may be able to dispose of your bricks on your own. However, you’ll need access to a truck that’s large enough to fit them all. Search online to find a local landfill or transfer station that accepts brick and is open to the public. You should keep in mind that your brick disposal costs will increase with each trip to the dump, as the landfill will charge for each load of bricks and you’ll need to pay for gas. This is a suitable disposal solution for removing smaller structures like a backyard brick oven.

BenefitsThings to Consider
- A potentially low-cost disposal option for small amounts of brick.- Requires access to a pickup truck.
- Allows you to work at your own pace.- May require multiple trips.
- Nearest dumping site may be far away.
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How Much Does Brick Removal Cost?

The price to dispose of your bricks will depend on how many you have and the disposal method you use. Brick removal costs are often measured by weight, with the standard red brick weighing about 4.5 pounds.

If you’re using a junk removal service to get rid of your bricks, the space your items take up will also be a consideration and you can expect to pay an average of $600 to have one pickup truck’s worth of debris hauled away. In contrast, the average cost of a 10 yard dumpster rental for heavy debris is $531, and it can hold up to three pickup truck loads of materials.

When you rent a dumpster for brick removal, you can get rid of all your waste in one place. And you can keep it on-site until you’ve finished cleaning up your project materials, making it the more affordable and time-efficient disposal option.

Costs of Various Brick Disposal Options

Disposal OptionCost
 
Cost to Rent a 10 Yard Dumpster for Mixed Heavy Debris
 
 
$531 on average, with prices ranging from $319 to $875.
 
 
Cost of a Junk Removal Service
 
 
Around $275 for a quarter bedload to $600 for a full bedload.
 
 
Cost to Dump at a Landfill
 
 
About $20 to $50 per ton. This does not include the cost of a truck rental, gas and time spent hauling the materials.
 
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Options for Recycling and Repurposing Your Old Bricks

Looking for ways to get rid of bricks for free or recycle them? Here are a few options where your bricks can be repurposed by a local DIYer or organization.

1. Find a Local Materials Exchange Program

Many states and local governments maintain exchange programs that list individuals, businesses, schools and organizations working on projects that repurpose old bricks. Check both your state's department of environmental protection and your city's public works department to see if any exchanges are offered in your area.

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2. Sell Them to Local Contractors or Individuals

Bricks are a hot commodity, if you know where to find potential buyers. Craigslist or your local newspaper’s classifieds are a good place to start, but you could also reach out to contractors in your area directly. Note that buyers will only pay for whole, used bricks. Chipped or broken bricks should be disposed of instead, as they have very little value.

3. Use Them in Your Own DIY Projects

There are many ways to reuse and repurpose bricks at home without having to build a whole new structure. Here are just a few ways to recycle your bricks without donating or selling them:

  • Brick Walkways: With a little prep work and a free weekend, you can reuse your old bricks as walkway pavers.
  • Patio or Garden Bed Edging: Another great weekend project to consider is building garden bed edges or patio edging out of your bricks. No masonry skills are required.
  • Brick Fire Pit: You can use normal red clay bricks to build an outside ring around a fire pit. However, you'll want to use "firebricks" for the inside ring closest to the fire, since regular bricks can crack at high temperatures.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Brick Disposal

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