Reuse and Recycle Bricks and Building Rubble

From bricks to bookshelves

Can I recycle bricks and building rubble?

No. Your local recycling centre won’t accept bricks or rubble for recycling, and they can’t be collected as part of your local authority’s kerbside scheme. Bricks, stones and other building materials that are in good condition can be sold, donated or re-used.

What else can I do with it?

Sell it!

Building materials are always in demand. Advertise in local papers or on community noticeboards. Alternatively, try a jumble or car boot sale. There are also online market places for building materials:

  • Bremap
  • Salvo

Donate it!

A community project near you may have a use for your building bits and pieces.

  • Build features in your garden with left over bricks and stones
  • Turn bricks into bookshelves by stacking at either end; lay old shelves, or sheets of plywood on top and below.
  • Use to weigh down dustbin lids, nets or plastic sheeting

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  1. Paul (Ipswitch)

    Use your bricks to build an outdoor barbecue - sure beats a rusting metal one.
  2. Kate Dewey (Stafford)

    Lay old bricks with boring concrete slabs to make a more attractive driveway or patio
  3. Coreen (Cleethorpes)

    Use old bricks to build a raised flower bed or two, you have less weeds and easier on your back.