Daylight Savings time is practically synonymous with Home Improvement Season and that time is here again. We recently tore out a bunch of concrete in our back yard and needed a legal way to dispose of it. You can't throw it in your trash can, nor can you take it to one of the city's Convenience Centers. There's an even cheaper option: Take it to Vulcan Materials for free recycling. That's right, no cost- just drop it off.

Bicyclists who take the north diversion channel are probably familiar with this place, it's just to the west of the bike route between Montano and Osuna. The entrance is off Chappell Rd (South of Singer, north of Renaissance). When you get to the entrance, skip the parking area, pass on the east side of the "Office" building (Stop in if you want to ask directions), pass the "hardhats are mandatory sign" and head north around the giant gash in the earth (You will be running parallel with Chappell Rd).

The road will curve around to the left (west). On the right you will see this familiar landmark (Don't go this way):


Continue around to the left and you'll see something like this:


Head straight under that conveyer belt and you'll arrive at the concrete debris pile. Unload.

A nearby rock grader was running when I was there.


This is a pretty exciting place to be when driving in a little pickup- this loader could scoop up my entire vehicle with ease.

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Comment by dan spanogle on March 24, 2009 at 11:51am
That's great information. Thanks... I've had many clients ask me about this... and I usually send them out to the private landfill which costs a few bucks.
Comment by Ricky on March 24, 2009 at 12:29pm
I drive by there every monday and thursday. That giant gash would make a great small inner city lake someday... though I doubt they'll leave it like that.
Comment by Dianne P. on March 24, 2009 at 6:37pm
Do you know if they take gravel? I'm de-zeroscaping my yard in favor of more attractive plant-based xeriscaping.
Comment by Brendan on March 24, 2009 at 8:08pm
Dianne: I don't know if they do or not, but if you call them the secretary is very friendly and should have the answer for you. You can probably get rid of gravel with a craig's list add, or a "free" sign. Even easier.
Comment by bg on March 24, 2009 at 8:28pm
Plus, they will give you free concrete if you want to make a recycled concrete patio. It is a lot of work, but hey, recycle.
Comment by L. M. on May 6, 2014 at 1:14am

THanks for the tip, but Unfortunately, Vulcan is gone, and the Company that took over (LaFarge) charged me $50 for me to unload myself.

Oh well.   Too bad the CIty of Albuquerque had no option for homeowners to dispose of rare items like this.   And they wonder why asshats take their stuff to the mesa and dump it there.

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