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#5 Site Renovation

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Blacktop, Concrete, and Structure Removal

Farmers will often have to deal with existing blacktop and concrete surfaces when preparing vacant lots or other sites for urban farming.  In such instances, farmers can choose to plant into containers or raised beds on top of these surfaces, or opt for removal of the blacktop/concrete.  There are several online resources available to guide someone through the process of blacktop or concrete removal, or farmers can hire private companies.  It should be noted, however, that removal and dump fees can be expensive, and this high cost should be taken into consideration when deciding a course of action, particularly in the case of short-term or tenuous lease agreements.

Deconstruction Services

Deconstruction is an alternative to demolition that minimizes solid waste, reduces environmental impact, and the products of which are often tax deductible.  Additionally, companies and organizations will often remove salvaged materials from the site as donations.  Organizations offering deconstruction services and who may be able to assist with blacktop, concrete and structure removal in New York State include:

  • Buffalo ReUse – 296 E. Ferry Street, Buffalo, NY, 14208, contact at (716) 882-2800 or , visit online at,
  • ReUse Action – Serving the Buffalo / Niagara Region of New York, contact at or
    (716) 949-0900
  • Built it Green! NYC (Queens) – 3-17 26th Avenue, Queens, NY, contact at (718) 777-0132 or
    , visit online at,
  • Built it Green! NYC (Brooklyn) – 69 9th St. Brooklyn, NY, contact at (718) 725-8925 or
    , visit online at, and
  • Fingerlakes ReUse – 2255 North Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, contact at (607) 257-9699, visit online at
  • DEC Case Studies: Climate Smart Waste Reduction and Materials Reuse,


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