How are various building materials recycled on demolition sites?




Each and every year a wide range of different buildings are demolished right across the city of Cardiff. From hospitals, through to just a simple humble garage require demolition, and then all of the waste will need to be recycled.

We demolish everything from Victorian houses through hospitals

Every month, we demolish a wide range of buildings, ranging from Victorian house, but that’s mostly made of brick and stone. On the other end of the spectrum, could be a large concrete-built building that requires what’s called a “hydraulic hammer” to keep striking the concrete until its broken into pieces.



Helping to protect the environment

As more people rightly focus on protecting our amazing and great planet, protecting the environment and the eco-system is of huge importance, so is now a much greater emphasis now more than ever to recycle building materials, such as stone, brick and plastics.

So how are building materials recycled on demolition sites?

The vast majority of the buildings, but that we demolish within the city of Cardiff in South Wales, as well as right throughout the Vale of Glamorgan, will include buildings that have a large amount of stone, brick, plastics rubber within the building, there’s also likely to be a lot of timber as well.



How is timber recycled?

Timber within a building, is often found within the wooden floorboards, within the structural timbers which make up the roof joists, batons and timber beams as well as also within the walls sometimes as well.

Wood is often recycled in a few different ways; we think that the best way is to salvage the timber, that’s so it can be reused. Even if the wood is given away for free, yet goes on to be used within a home for perhaps the next 100 years, well, that’s great way of helping to protect our planet, as less trees will need to be cut down.


Why not purchase timber from a Cardiff reclamation yard?

The timber can then be sold to say a reclamation yard, such as a reclamation yard in Cardiff, where it can go on to be reused, for example the floorboards could perhaps go into another property, and they could be therefore around another hundred years?

The alternative, is to send the timber to a recycling facility, such as a biomass / wood recycling facility whereby it often put through a machine and made into wood chips.

The wood chips can then be made into biomass, which helps to generate electricity.


How is stone and masonry and bricks recycled?

Bricks and also the stone can be 100% recycled, they can be put through something called a “jaw crusher”– this is a brilliant machine, whereby you feed at one end stone and bricks, and out of the other end flow what is called, crushed hard-core.

This can be reused as the base for roads, it can also often be used within the foundations, of new buildings.


What happens to the plastics?

Within a building can be quite a lot of plastics, for example plastics can be within the UPVC windows and doors.

On top of that there could be also plastics which are used in the soffit boards of the house.

What’s great is that UPVC doors and also the windows can be easily recycled, this plastic is often used to make new windows and doors.


Non-ferrous and ferrous metal recycling

Throughout a house there will be quite a lot of ferrous and also nonferrous metals, such as lead, copper and aluminium.

For example, there is often a lot of copper pipework used throughout the house, as well as sometimes copper hot water tanks, to help keep it warm through the homes central heating system.

Then you will also have a lot of ferrous metals, for example you will also have a lot of steel that is sometimes used within the guttering, it might be used also for some RSJ beams as well.


Demolition within Cardiff

We have demolished many properties, such as houses within the city of Cardiff, this could range from say very large 5-bedroom Victorian houses, that made from brick and also stone.

We have also demolished much more modern properties, for example a house that might’ve been built fairly recently within the 1980s, so the house might not that old, yet an architect may advise that it’s best to be demolished, that’s if you want a house to have a totally different internal layouts inside and for the building to be heavily extended.

Sometimes its more cost effective, to demolish and rebuild a new property.

What’s great about picking our company, is that we will aim to recycle as much of the waste as we possibly can, either through using jaw crushers or perhaps simply taking the wood, to timber recycling facility.

We are also one of Cardiff’s most established and also respected demolition and site clearance companies, we have a large range of different excavators, we have a fleet of Hitachi excavators, which are perfectly suited to safely demolishing any type of building within the city.

We can demolish anything, perhaps it’s a large fire damaged warehouse, that is incurred a lot of damage through a large fire which may have partially collapsed the roof?

The heat might have been so intense, during the fire in a warehouse, that it might have actually bent the steels within the building.

Then, we can also demolish residential housing as well, we also offer free and competitive prices throughout the city.

Therefore, if you are looking for a company to undertake any of the following work why not give us a ring?


  • Residential Demolition
  • Commercial Demolition
  • Steel Demolition
  • Metal Recycling
  • Nonferrous and Ferrous Metal Recycling


We are one of Cardiff’s most established demolition contractors, when you hire us, we will safely demolish the building, and we will also aim to recycle as much of the building as possible.

So, if you are looking for established demolition company why not call us today?


We also specialise in steel demolition.

We demolish commercial, residential and industrial buildings within Wales

We aim to recycle as much of the waste, as we possibly can. We aim to recycle steel, brick and also wood.