Dispose of cement

Cement is not always used up completely. Then the leftovers must be disposed of. There are several distinctions. How to properly dispose of cement and its packaging is explained in detail below.

Cement is indispensable in our lives

Cement is much more than just a hydraulic binder for special building materials. Cement is the construction product that literally holds our society together. In principle, no area of ​​life in which cement would not play a role.

By the way, so massive that in the meantime the necessary sand for mixing is scarce. Already on the basis of the versatile use it is easy to see, that we encounter cement everywhere. Here are the main uses for cement:

  • in concrete
  • in plaster (cement plaster)
  • in some tile adhesives (cement tile adhesive)
  • in some types of mortar (cement mortar)

Even do-it-yourselfers often come into contact with cement

Consequently, there are also numerous applications in which home improvement mixes cement. Mentioned as a typical example, the mixing of cement for a foundation. But cement also mixes concrete to obtain different types of concrete. Not to forget the classic home improvement activity, tiling.

Even the storage of cement is problematic

But even when storing cement there are numerous problems. Also, it shows here that the storage of cement can not be extended if it is stored absolutely dry. In addition to a deterioration in strength, this leads to a change in the chromium content (chromium VI or chromate). But cement does not just contain chromium. Also aluminum, iron, sulfates, etc. can be included.

Distinctions in disposing of cement

Here we are talking only about cement, as it is used today. When it comes to disposing of cement, far more needs to be distinguished:

  • Disposal of the cement packaging
  • Disposal of conventional (today commercial) cement (also hardened)
  • Disposal of removed cement (eg screed, tile adhesive bed, etc.)

Asbestos-containing cement often occurs in older existing buildings

In the case of old cement building materials, which are removed, for example, as part of a renovation, conversion or demolition, dangerous asbestos can also be present. Asbestos was used in cements until the 1990s (asbestos cement), but tile adhesives were also added. Such asbestos-containing cements or cement components must be disposed of as hazardous waste by a suitably certified company following strict regulations.

Dispose of conventional cement

But the disposal of conventional cement is not without problems. The packaging consists of paper and plastic and can thus be disposed of with the appropriate container with household waste (yellow bin). However, the cement itself is to be treated as building rubble and thus disposed of like this one. This applies to powdered cement as well as cement that has become hard.

Tips & Tricks

When disposing of conventional cement, you have two important options. Disposal via a special building waste container or the disposal of cement in the recycling center in the rubble container. However, the containers at the recycling center must be household-standard quantities. How exactly this is defined, you can ask at your recycling center.

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