Why do we need recycled aggregates? Well, did you know that approximately 200 million tonnes of aggregates are used each year in the UK and of this supply; around 57 million tonnes are derived from recycled sources? – SEPA
As covered in a previous blog, aggregates are used in a wide range of industries and construction projects. They are typically made from natural materials such as sand, gravel and can be found concrete.
Recycled Aggregates are produced from leftover aggregates you would expect from demolition and construction sites. These aggregates would typically end up in a landfill. Due to the rate of new buildings being constructed and older buildings being demolished, it isn’t a very environmentally friendly method of disposal.
So, what does it mean? – A recycled aggregate refers to the materials that have been reprocessed that have come from a construction or demolition project or site. In order to create a recycled aggregate, the material will be crushed and mixed in order to meet the required specifications and reconstituted for re-use.
What are the benefits of using recycled aggregates from Burlington Aggregates?
Due to the associated cost savings of producing recycled aggregates over the cost of other aggregates, means we are able to pass the cost savings on to our clients, meaning they will receive a better cost proposition on their projects. Utilising a recycled aggregate product is also a cost-effective solution when disposing of raw materials – sending un-wanted materials to a landfill costs businesses a lot of money in disposal taxes.
As recycled aggregates are created from already produced materials, the amount of other raw materials needed to be mined lessens, meaning there is less demand on natural resources. With the increased capacity pressure on the UK’s landfill sites, there is also pressure for construction companies to find an eco-friendly solution to their disposal methods.
Recycled aggregates can be used for a wide range of construction, landscaping and home improvement/DIY projects.
Recycled aggregates are as structurally stable and reliable as other aggregates produced via other methods.
Burlington Aggregates are able to supply recycled aggregates to the construction sector UK wide. To contact a member of the team to discuss your needs contact us or call us on 01229 839 966