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Businesses that accept concrete, broken, with rebar, etc. only want clean concrete, with no other materials mixed-in (excepting rebar). They will accept concrete for a fee. Berkeley Transfer Station at 1201 Second St (near Gilman St.) has a paid drop-off.

Bee Green Recycling & Supply, or Norcal Rock, or Commercial Waste & Recycling, all in Oakland, West Contra Costa Sanitary Landfill, and Golden Bear Transfer Station, both in Richmond, will accept concrete, for a fee.

Make sure to contact the business before you go to confirm their hours and what they will accept.


There are some alternatives to concrete, but it depends upon what function you need the material to exhibit. Many alternatives to concrete don't have the many functional attributes of concrete. You will need to consider stone, wood, straw bale, grasscrete, rammed Earth, hempcrete, bamboo, ferrock, ashcrete, and timbercrete. Each of these materials has its own attributes, but you will need to decide if it fits your needs.


Concrete is the most widely used man-made material in existence. It is second only to water as the most-consumed resource on the planet. But, while cement - the key ingredient in concrete - has shaped much of our built environment, it also has a massive carbon footprint.

Cement is the source of about 8% of the world's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to think tank Chatham House. If the cement industry were a country, it would be the third largest emitter in the world - behind China and the US. It contributes more CO2 than aviation fuel (2.5%) and is not far behind the global agriculture business (12%).

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