If possible, begin by digging out the base under the concrete. Usually this is dirt or sand in the Edmonton region. By removing this, the job becomes much easier. You only need to dig out approximately one foot around the area and a couple inches deep. If the project is large you will need heavy equipment to excavate the worksite.
Break concrete apart into manageable pieces. You have the option to use a sledgehammer, but consider using a jackhammer. Using a sledgehammer takes more time and it’s a lot of physical effort. Jackhammers are easy enough to rent. Just make sure you familiarize yourself with how to use the tool. Select the right tip for the type of material to be broken. Chisel point for concrete, spade point for asphalt. Remember to use safety glasses and earplugs. For larger jobs even a jackhammer will still be extremely difficult. Any job that is large or has rebar will require professionals. Your Demolition Experts!
Gauge the pieces so that they are large but easy enough to carry. Use a wheelbarrow or skid steer to move the pieces to a truck or trailer. Pieces that are broken up too small are annoying to move because it’s time consuming. This step can be dangerous if the pieces are very large or sharp. Especially if they have rebar. Be very careful or consult a professional.
Use a truck or trailer to haul the pieces to the nearest landfill or dump. Keep in mind, there is a charge for this. This charge is usually included when you hire a company to do the removal for you. Some additional uses for broken concrete are stone pathways, retaining walls, fire pits and edging for ponds. Be sure to dispose of the concrete in an environmentally safe manner. Nobody wants to deal with wasted concrete chunks!