Concrete thickness and volume can affect the cost of removal. Steel reinforced concrete is harder to remove and thus takes additional time, so it is more expensive to dispose of. Some areas require a paid permit for any demolition project. The square footage of concrete to be removed determines some of the price. Small projects require smaller and less expensive machinery than larger projects.
Some municipalities have rules for how removed concrete must be disposed of. A set price per ton disposal fee can add a lot to the cost of having concrete removed. The condition the concrete is in is a key factor when determining removal cost. Older concrete can be brittle and crumbly and contain substantial cracks, so it is easier to smash and remove.
The price of diesel and gas influences the price of removal because old concrete must be hauled away for disposal in most cases. If the homeowner has unimproved road ways around his home, old concrete can sometimes be used in place of gravel in order to save disposal costs. Distance from the disposal site is an additional factor. If concrete is near water or other utility lines, individuals may need to pay additional fees.