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.
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.
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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.
Things to Consider
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.
Things to Consider
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
You can dispose of bricks yourself at any of the following locations:
You should not dispose of bricks at any of the following locations:
The best way to get rid of bricks at little cost to you is to sell them or give them away. See our brick recycling and repurposing tips above to find a free brick removal option near you.
Disposal guidelines for bricks vary by location. In most cases, you can mix bricks with other heavy debris, such as concrete and asphalt, in the same dumpster. You should also make sure you keep all prohibited items out of your bin to avoid contaminating your debris. If you're not sure if you can throw something away with your bricks, call our team.