What Is Recycled Crushed Concrete?

Recycled crushed concrete, also known as ‘type 1 aggregate’ is a recycled material consisting of reprocessed materials such as crushed stone, gravel and asphalt that was originally used in construction.

Recycled Aggregate Characteristics

The reprocessing process consists of crushing and mixing the old materials which leave the aggregate ‘hardened’. This reprocessed concrete shares characteristics to those of natural rocks and is a perfect cost-effective solution for construction.

Applications

As crushed concrete is more economical than alternatives, it is suitable for both large and small projects. Recycled crushed concrete is the perfect material for a sub-base and is commonly used in general bulk fills, road construction, drainage structures as well as other uses such as bank protection.

Environmental Impact

One of the biggest challenges in the construction industry is finding ways to lower emissions. By recycling old construction materials, we reduce the need for mining raw materials. The extraction process involved in both quarrying and mining leaves both air and water contaminated with pollutants such as sulfur dioxide which is detrimental to the environment.

Valley Trading is committed to taking care of our environment and by offering alternatives to materials usually acquired through quarrying, we aim to battle the industry problem of high emissions. Find out more about the environmental advantages of recycling aggregate here.

Sustainability

As crushed concrete is so versatile and can be used in almost exactly the same way that natural materials are used, the need for quarrying is becoming less and less. By recycling old materials, the amount of landfill waste is massively reduced and more aggregate is becoming available on a wider scale to the benefit of the construction industry and more importantly, the environment.

Lifespan

Although the initial cost of crushed concrete is cheaper compared to natural materials, it is also good to know that recycled materials such as the type 1 aggregate, will last for decades to come with minimal upkeep.


 

Below are the different types of aggregates available, if you have a specific project in mind, view our page on which aggregates are right for the job.

 

Different Types of Aggregate

 

Recycled crushed concrete being laid

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