Completing a demolition project might leave you with a stack of bricks. While they’re heavy and can be hard to transport, there are many brick disposal options that are eco-friendly.
How to Get Rid of Bricks
In most cases, bricks are easy to give away, donate, or recycle. When that’s not an option, you can resort to the landfill.
Put the Bricks at the End of Your Driveway with a “Free” Sign
If you have a small to moderate amount of bricks, pile them up at the end of your driveway with a “free” sign. Since bricks are an integral part of many DIY projects, someone is likely to pick them up.
Post them Online (Large Amounts of Bricks)
Packing up a large amount of bricks at the end of your driveway is impractical. You’re better off listing them for free online. Start by listing them on your regular Facebook profile and advertising them to friends and family.
If no one in your circle wants the bricks, list them on Facebook groups, Freecycle, and Craigslist.
Donate to a Restore of Building Supply Thrift Store
You can donate bricks in good condition to building supply reuse or thrift stores. These stores accept used building materials, making them available to consumers at a fraction of the cost of new materials. Reuse stores are a fantastic way to prolong the life of your bricks, passing them on to someone else who needs them.
Also, check with your Habitat for Humanity Restore. Habitat Restores accept donations of used building goods. They then sell them and use the proceeds to benefit the community.
Recycle with a C&D Center
Construction and Demolition Recycling centers accept old bricks. Use this option if your bricks are starting to crumble and aren’t fit for someone else to use.
You can find a recycling center on Earth911 or search “brick recycling near me.”
Locate for a State Waste Exchange
A state waste exchange operates as a thrift store or marketplace for old building materials, preventing them from entering the landfill. Every state runs its exchanges differently, so you’ll need to search for yours.
UpCycle Your Old Bricks
Bricks are handy for many projects, including walkways, raised garden beds, garden paths, and landscape edging. If you have a landscaping project coming up, why not use your old building materials? You can also search Pinterest for more brick upcycling ideas.
Haul Your Old Bricks to the Dump
Most landfills accept old bricks but call ahead of time to confirm. When your bricks are crumbling, and there are no recycling centers near you, the landfill may be your only option. Expect to pay about $40 per ton of bricks you dump.
Have a Junk Service Dump the Bricks for You
If you don’t have the truck or ability to load the bricks, a junk hauling service can do the work for you. The cost will depend on the service you use, your location, and the number of bricks you need to unload.