Recycling Sandbags for Erosion Control

Sandbags provide vital help for areas prone to flooding. In recent years, the news has featured story after story about residents sandbagging their yards, their homes and their businesses against rising floodwaters. However, this begs the question – what happens to those sandbags after the flooding recedes? Often, they’re taken to a local landfill for disposal. However, there is a better use for them – erosion control.

Why Use Sandbags for Erosion Control?

There are a number of different products on the market for erosion control, including landscape cloth, cement blocks and more. Why should you use sandbags? Actually, there’s a lot to be gained here. First, sandbags (the actual bag that holds the sand) are made from recycled material. A lot of them are made from recycled rubber derived from used tires, for instance. That means that you’re reusing recycled materials again and keeping it from going into a landfill.

Those bags that are not made from recycled materials are created from burlap, which is a natural material that will degrade as time goes by. Second, sand is a natural material. It doesn’t require any chemicals to create, so sandbags won’t cause any secondary contamination for sensitive areas.

When you use sandbags for erosion control, you spare the environment in a lot of different ways. For example, you’ll reduce the amount of emissions an chemicals used in the process of making cement bricks, and you’ll spare landfill space that those sandbags would otherwise occupy.

You can also use sandbags as fill material for landscaping and construction needs. Burlap bags will deteriorate and disappear over time, which makes this an ideal solution for erosion control in an area until plant life can take over. Permanent recycled sandbags will not degrade, so they’re ideal for permanent erosion control needs.