Do you have unwanted, tired concrete lying around without any thought for use? Most would assume that they either have to make the most of it or get rid of it entirely. But, just throwing away once valuable concrete could potentially break the bank. That is why recycling aggregate is the next best step – not only for cost savings but a way to improve environmentally too.
With plenty of concerns amongst businesses and consumers surrounding the environment, the pressure lies heavy on businesses to use more materials that are made sustainably. Recycled aggregates are becoming the go-to, popular, cost-effective alternative – which you will soon realise just from reading the statistics throughout this article.
What is recycled aggregate? The facts.
Recycled aggregate is essentially a product of the repurposing of materials that have originally been used in construction. To recycle aggregate, the process begins with the removal of the concrete, breaking it apart and then crushing it to create new materials.
According to Mineral Products, The UK utilises 70 mt of recycled and secondary materials in the GB aggregates market. This provides a 28% market share, which is three times higher than the European average, calling attention to the fact that the use of recycled and secondary materials in Britain is close to full potential.
An estimated 200 million tonnes of aggregates are used in the UK each year, with 57 million sourced from recycled materials. 90% of hard construction and demolition waste is recycled as aggregate. Impressive statistics like this show just how recycled aggregate has become the norm in the new world of conscious sustainability.
Recycled aggregate and its uses in construction.
Aggregates are made from granular materials often used in construction. Materials typically include sand, gravel, stone, concrete and bricks.
Not only does the construction industry source recycled aggregate, but they also put it to good use – especially where transportation infrastructure is concerned. Pavements are a big-budget type of project, requiring plenty of materials every year.
To keep it environmentally friendly, a sustainable solution for construction is to utilise recycled materials for such projects. The usage of recycled aggregate will lower carbon footprint, reduce harmful emissions and decrease the overall, usually high construction cost. Recycled aggregate is usually made from sub-base materials, but can equally be paired with new aggregates to create other solutions.
CA6 recycled PCC and Grade 8 recycled are well-known aggregates made from recycled concrete. They will often be used as a base for roads, driveways, car parks and more.
The advantages of recycling aggregate.
Beforehand, any tired or unused aggregate would be sent to the landfill without a second thought for its renewal potential. With more use of recycled materials, the more the overall product will improve and make for better use in construction.
As mentioned previously, recycled aggregates are environmentally friendly, and are believed to be the next step for the construction industry to keep emissions low and the environment cleaner. The use of recycled gravel means less mining, which, in turn, causes much less danger to the environment.
In addition to costly effects, landfill regulations are always becoming more refined, making it tricky to dispose of certain materials. With recycling, the disposal of materials via a reusable solution is much more favoured. Concrete is one of the biggest space consumers in landfill, keeping it away from that environment and recycling it instead will prevent landfills from overflowing.
Sustainability is something that can no longer be a question, but rather the main solution. By simply recycling concrete and other materials, the amount of landfill waste is massively reduced, and the need for aggregate becomes a much easier process in comparison to the usual extraction process.
Same quality, better cost savings
While recycled aggregates are fantastically cheaper to purchase compared to normal, they will remain the same standard as new aggregates. There is no compromise on quality, but you simply get to save money as a bonus.
Instead of budgeting transport and disposal of old aggregates to the landfill, recycling creates great savings overall.
Plenty of uses
Recycled aggregate can be used to the same advantage as new aggregate. Larger pieces can be used for general bulk fills, as well as fill for drainage compositions and overall road construction.
Recycling is quickly becoming a new way of living efficiently – a regular practice in most businesses. Recycling aggregate is a sustainable solution that the construction industry can truly benefit from.
At Valley Trading, we provide recycled hardcore materials in the form of sub-base, which can be either collected or arranged for delivery from our recycling base in the heart of the Cotswolds in Tetbury. Get in touch with us today.