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What is Muck Away and How Can it Benefit Your Site?

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KCM Waste Management provide a thorough and experienced muck away service throughout Rotherham, South Yorkshire and the surrounding areas.

Not entirely sure what muck away is? In simple terms, you can think of it exactly how it sounds. Our team will visit your site and remove all waste from any location and take it away for you.

Typically, our muck away service is commonly used for construction projects such as excavations and demolitions as these produce such a large volume of waste. However, it also beneficial for various other projects.

If your project is expected to produce a large amount of waste, a muck away service could be a very cost-effective and efficient resolution to remove this from your construction site!

Read on to find out more about muck away and how it can benefit your business premises or construction site:

Muck Away Waste Types

Muck away covers all waste types but is most commonly sectioned into the below three:


Inert waste is unreactive and will either not decompose or will decompose very slowly.

It is typically things such as sands and soils, usually found within your garden waste. Other examples of inert waste include clay, chalk, and rubble.


General waste is most things you would generally place in your generic household bin.

This can include woods, furnishings, packaging, plastic and small amounts of food and glass waste.


Hazardous waste is anything that could be potentially harmful to either the public health or the environment.

This includes asbestos, chemicals, batteries, solvents, pesticides, oils, and hazardous waste containers.

What Happens to My Muck Away Waste?

All waste disposed of with KCM Waste Management is collected by a uniformed driver and brought back to our fully licensed site on Ginhouse Lane in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

Once tipped off in our site, your waste is separated into the relevant waste streams and recycled by both machines and a team of recycling operatives.

We are committed to ensuring that 99% of the waste brought to our site is recycled – and we are always working towards becoming a zero-to-landfill site.

What Vehicles Do KCM Waste Management Use?

Our muck away service uses our 8 wheel 32 tonne DAF tipper.

Not sure if a hire wagon would fit on your premises? Take a look at the dimensions below:

Weight 32000kgs
Length 9200mm
Width 2500mm
Height 3450mm
Wheelbase 5050mm

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If your site does not have the facilities to enable you to load a tipper yourselves, alternatively, we can provide grab wagon hire.

Our DAF CF450 with Atlas grab equipment means we can arrive on site; load using the grab and then remove all inert waste quickly and safely. 

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What Aggregates Do KCM Waste Management Provide?

Here at KCM Waste Management, we provide a wide range of primary and recycled aggregates.

If you require aggregates for your project, we can bring these to your site in either a tipper or grab wagon, and take away your waste the very same day.

We provide the below:


– Washed Concreting Sand

– Dry Screen Building Sand

– Washed Building Sand

– Recycled Grit Sand


– Quartz 10mm/20mm

– Chalk 10mm/20mm

– Flint 10mm/20mm

– Concreting Gravel 20 to 5mm

– Washed Gravel 40mm

Pipe Bedding

– Washed Recycled 10mm/20mm/40mm

– Limestone 10mm/20mm/40mm

–  Gritstone 10mm/20mm/40mm


– MOT Type 1 Clause 803

– Type 1 Reduced Fines (MOT Type 3)

Capping Materials

– Recycled 6F5

– Recycled 6F2

– Gritstone 6F2

Clean Crushed Stone

– Gabien

– Clean 125mm/75mm/40mm

Top Soil

– BS 3882 2015

How Do I Book a Muck Away Service in South Yorkshire?

If you would like to enquire regarding the best service for your site or to book a muck away, call our Aggregates Manager on 01709 762 267 or email

To read more about our Aggregate supplies, click here.

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Recycled Aggregates: Everything You Need To Know

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As businesses, construction companies, and homeowners look to lower their costs and their carbon-footprint – recycled aggregates are becoming a brilliant, commercial choice for various projects.

Recycled aggregates, or secondary aggregates as they are sometimes referred to, are developed from recycling construction materials.

Each year, the UK uses around 200 million tonnes of aggregate. Therefore, recycling those aggregates is extremely important in protecting our natural resources.

If you’re thinking of using recycled aggregates or to find out more about them and their benefits, read our latest blog below:

What Are Recycled Aggregates?

Recycled aggregates can take the form of a variety of different construction materials, including the following:

  • Topsoil
  • Sands
  • Gravels
  • Crushed stone
  • Pipe bedding
  • Capping materials.

They provide a wide range of different benefits and uses within the construction industry. They are generally cheaper than their quarried counterparts and are used commonly within construction developments.

The Benefits of Recycled Aggregates

They’re Low-cost

As a recycled material, they aren’t as expensive to manufacture and so can be a great commercial choice.

Quarried aggregates are steadily increasing in price. So if you’re a construction company, landscape gardener, or similar looking to purchase materials in bulk – then recycled aggregates could be a great option for you.

They can also be manufactured locally to you, meaning the cost of transportation will also be reduced.

They’re Environmentally Friendly

One of their biggest benefits is how sustainable they are – which we can see in several different ways.

As we enter 2021, more and more businesses and consumers are looking to be more environmentally friendly and looking to use sustainable sources.

Using recycled aggregates means there is less need to rely on gravel mining. This allows us to protect natural resources – and the reduced need for transportation also reduces carbon emissions.

It also means any leftover aggregate materials won’t be sent to landfill – which is extremely harmful to the environment and costly.

They’re Versatile

Their primary use is to provide strength and a level of robustness to a construction project. However, they are very versatile and can be used in numerous ways.

Aggregates also help to distribute load. For example when used for roads and railways, and to provide ample drainage in landscape-based projects.

Recycled aggregates are an essential element of making concrete and mortar, too. They’re typically mixed with cement, bitumen, or gypsum, helping to give stability, as well as resistance to wear and erosion.

They’re Durable

With recycling technology improving, the quality of recycled materials is also hugely advancing.

The recycling and manufacturing of recycled aggregates also won’t negatively affect their structure – and will mean they’re just as strong and durable as they are in their primary form.

Where to Buy Recycled Aggregates in South Yorkshire

Due to our advanced machinery and technology, we’re pleased to be able to produce a huge number of recycled aggregates here at KCM.

We are extremely passionate about protecting the environment and work to a zero-to-landfill policy.

We work to collect any leftover soil and rubble from construction projects using our fleet of grab hire vehicles – to bring it back to our site where it can be recycled under strict guidelines.

Based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, we have a fully licensed site with numerous certifications and decades of expertise within our industry. To find a full list of our accreditations and licenses, please click here.

KCM are based in Rotherham so we can easily supply projects in Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster, Chesterfield, Worksop, and beyond. We also cover the entirety of Yorkshire, Humberside, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, and Lincolnshire.

If you’re interested in purchasing recycled aggregates within South Yorkshire or the surrounding areas, please call Ian Harrison on 01709 762 267 or email


Gravel: Which Type is Right for Your Project?

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Does your project require gravel aggregates? If you are new to purchasing aggregates or are just unsure as to which gravel would be best for your project, read our guide below.

Gravel is a broad term for a growing range of loose aggregates. These can be used for groundwork such as gardens, paths, and driveways. Gravel by definition is usually angular or rounded stones, roughly 5-20mm in size, of any colour.

Using gravel as décor or to create a path on your garden reduces long term upkeep and creates a more livable and usable area. It is a very cost-friendly aggregate, is easy to source, and with such a wide range available, there is always something to suit your specific project.

Gravel can also be used for other functionalities such as drainage within soil, and as a base layer under tarmac.

What Can Gravel Be Used For?

There is a wide range of uses for gravel, the most common including:

  • Driveways
  • Pathways
  • Base layer under tarmac
  • Mulch
  • Drainage
  • Pebble dash
  • Patio bases
  • Garden décor

Which Type Should I Use for My Project and What Depth?

­­For the use as a surface dressing, you can use more costly aggregates as well as cheaper alternatives such as limestone chippings. This can be a more budget-friendly way of creating a driveway or garden path, providing you are using a good sub-base. You can read our blog about selecting the best sub-base for your project here.

For a loose surface dressing, gravel around 6-20mm is recommended. This size range is suitable so that it’s not too small to spread too easily when walked upon, but not too large so that it is difficult to use as a path or drive.

As a general rule, for a pathway, you want to be looking at a size of between 6-10mm and 10-20mm for driveways, however, this is only a suggestion.

A very popular question when it comes to using gravel is, what depth should I have?

This does highly depend on the type used, the standard recommendation is to have a minimum depth of twice the size of the gravel used. Any larger and the ground would be too deep and unstable, any thinner and the ground would be exposed very quickly due to movement.

What Are the Pros and Cons?

Gravel is usually a popular choice due to being such a cost-effective yet attractive option for a wide range of uses.

An aggregate such as this allows for a well-kept appearance, whilst requiring minimal upkeep and ongoing costs. Unlike other materials, it can be used at any point after purchase, the quality doesn’t diminish over time.

Another positive for using gravel is that it is easily maintainable with a standard weedkiller if necessary. Therefore your upkeep costs are kept to a minimum.

An unexpected selling point is actually the sound created by any movement. If you choose to use this aggregate for your driveway or path, this can be very off-putting for potential burglars as any car or person walking on top would create noise.

As with all aggregates, gravel has its negative points. Unfortunately, it can become quite widespread if not properly contained and may need re-filling if this does happen, in order to still cover the desired area effectively.

Do I Need A Permit for A Gravel Driveway?

Some local councils do require you to possess a permit in order to gravel your driveway. It generally depends on where you live and your particular driveway.

You should check this prior to purchasing any aggregates or starting any work.

Where Can I Purchase Gravel Aggregates From?

Our KCM Aggregates department offers both high-quality products at competitive rates. And the expert knowledge required to best recommend the right aggregate for your project.

We supply a wide range of recycled and primary aggregates for all projects.

Still not sure what you need? Just give us a call and we would be happy to help.

To enquire, call Ian Harrison on 01709 762 267 or email

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Tipper Hire: Everything You Need to Know

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The completion of construction projects in a cost-efficient and timely manner is often crucial, but can prove to be a difficult task. So, it’s no wonder that tipper hire vehicles are so widely used to help assist with a variety of projects.

Tipper hire vehicles are light, commercial vehicles that are open at the back, with low sides and a hinged tailgate. Their design makes them perfect for moving large volumes of materials or waste, and they can save you a lot of time and money.

At KCM we’re experts in tipper hire and recycling. So if you’re thinking of hiring a tipper for your next project, read on to find out everything you need to know:

Best Uses for Tipper Hire

Tipper hire is a great solution for easily transporting a wide range of primary aggregates, recycled aggregates, and soils. The most common types of these materials are:

  • Sands
  • Gravels
  • Subbases
  • Pipe bedding
  • Engineering clays
  • Capping materials
  • Clean crushed stone
  • Topsoil

The materials are placed in the flat bed at the back of the vehicle, which is open and has low sides, making it simple to fill. The mechanism allows the flat bed to raise at the front, so that the materials can then be tipped out of the rear of the vehicle.

Due to their size, tipper hire vehicles are also commonly used for full site clearances and waste removal. If you have a large amount of waste that needs removing quickly, then tippers can be a brilliant solution.

At KCM, any waste that we collect is then brought back locally to our waste transfer site in Rotherham.

Through a process of screening and crushing the waste, we then produce a recycled hardcore aggregate 6F2 to wrap protocol, which is compliant with current British and European standards.

Who Requires Tipper Hire?

Tipper hire can be a great option for both commercial and domestic projects. However, they are most commonly required by the below customers:


From DIY home projects, to large-scale commercial developments, construction often relies heavily on the removal and delivery of large quantities of heavy materials. These often include soils, hardcore, gravels and more.

A site manager on a construction site is also legally obliged to ensure that all waste is properly disposed of. Making tipper hire a great, cost-effective, and efficient option for a lot of construction sites.

Landscape Gardeners

As a landscape gardener, you will likely require a large number of aggregates and materials such as soils and gravels delivering as closely to where you’re working as possible.

Likewise, you will generate a large amount of garden waste that will need removing swiftly. With a multi-purpose tipper vehicle, the transportation for both can be completed with ease.

It can also be a useful way to transfer soil from one area of the garden to another in excavation projects.

Why Hire Rather Than Purchase?

By hiring a tipper from a certified waste management company, such as KCM, you will be provided with a fully trained and licensed driver. This means you don’t need to worry about how best to operate the vehicle, and means you don’t need to get a licence to operate one.

Vehicle manufactures, such as Citroen, also suggest it would be worth hiring a tipper vehicle, rather than purchasing one. This is because people generally only require tipper vehicles for occasional or one-off needs, so hiring is a much more cost-effective solution. As with any vehicle, they obviously also depreciate over time, too.

By simply hiring a tipper as and when you need one, you don’t need to work about the maintenance of the vehicle. Being a vehicle that constantly carries very heavy loads, the maintenance of tippers is huge and can become costly.

Where to Hire a Tipper in South Yorkshire

At KCM Waste Management of course!

Our modern fleet of tipper hire vehicles carry up to a whopping 20 tonnes at a time. All waste collected by our tippers is processed at our transfer station in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

All of our tippers are maintained to the highest possible standards. Ensuring they are 100% site safe and that they perform at their peak level during the hire period you choose. So you can be sure that you’re in safe hands.

We are able to provide our tipper hire and grab wagon services locally. Mainly throughout the areas of Rotherham, Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster, Chesterfield, and Worksop.

Are you interested in tipper or grab wagon hire? If so, get in touch with our team here. Or give us a call on 07736 290 273.


Choosing the Right Subbase for Your Construction Project

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Choosing the best subbase is crucial for any construction project. Whether you need primary, secondary, or recycled aggregates, knowing which one is best suited can be quite a challenge.

Building aggregates can be used for foundations, paving and a variety of construction projects.

At KCM Waste Management, we have both the expertise and the experience to ensure you are using the right materials at the best prices.

What Exactly is a Subbase?

A subbase is a layer of crushed aggregate which bears the load of paving and provides a strong base for it to be laid onto. Subbases evenly distribute the weight of both the paving and any weight placed onto the paving afterwards.

Your subbase is placed between the soil and your paving slabs. This way it services as a platform for the slabs to be laid.

The interlocking of the different particles within a subbase creates a thin layer. This layer then vastly improves the ground’s ability to carry heavy loads without causing damage.

A good subbase will also provide drainage and prevent ‘ruts’ in your paving, which can commonly be caused by subpar installations and materials. As everyday traffic occurs, such as a car pulling on and off your driveway every morning and night, ‘ruts’ can arise in your paving. This can be avoided by ensuring you are using a good quality subbase which prevents channelisation and settlement.

Do I Need a Subbase?

Not using a subbase for your project can scale down the price. However, saving this money in the short-run will very often create problems for you in the long-run. If vehicles will be trafficking the area, a subbase is definitely advised.

To avoid channelisation (sinking) in your paving, we would recommend using a decent subbase!

You can also usually keep your subbase even if your paving is changed, it may need checking and re-levelling but the subbase itself will be fine to reuse.

Some types of paving and surfacing may not necessarily need a subbase, such as pattern imprinted concrete. However, block paving nearly always does. If you’re unsure which one you are using, just check with your contractor!

Suitable Subbases

Subbases are made up of materials that are load-spreading and have good drainage qualities.

Suitable subbases are most road materials which have been approved by your local Department of Transportation.

The first type of material is unbound which is made up of loose aggregates and do not bond or adhere when compacted. This material naturally interlocks within its own particles. Which means it can also be loosened and removed if necessary.

The second type is bound materials. These use a binder such as bitumen or cement to bind together the particles and then set. Which also means they are a lot harder to remove or loosen.

How to Use A Subbase?

Generally, a subbase should be laid and levelled in a layer no thicker than 150mm.

If the subbase material you choose to use is required to be laid in a layer greater than 150mm, you can lay this in layers to build up to the required depth. Each layer must still be 150mm or less and levelled before the next.

You also need to ensure each layer has been thoroughly compacted to allow for the next layer to be placed correctly and lower the risk of settlement once the area is trafficked. As subbase materials are so good at spreading weight (the main purpose of their use!). It is almost impossible to compact a layer of a greater thickness of 150mm. This is why any materials that need a greater depth must be layered.

Where Do I Purchase the Materials From?

Here at KCM, we provide a diverse range of top-quality aggregates to suit all projects.

If you are unsure which subbase would be best suited, we’d be more than happy to offer our expert knowledge. We can also provide a free no-obligation quote for any material, service, or hire.

To discuss the needs of your project or to get a quote today, please contact our Aggregates Manager, Ian, on 01709 762 267 or email

To read more about our Aggregates and Tipper Hire, please click here.

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Choosing the Best Aggregates in South Yorkshire

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Whatever your project; from landscaping to building an extension or laying a driveway, you need to ensure you’re using the best aggregates in South Yorkshire.

Good aggregates are fundamental to a construction job being done well and lasting the test of time. Therefore, it makes sense to do a bit of research and ensure you’ve got the materials you need.

At KCM Waste Management, we’re experts in aggregates. In this blog post, we provide guidance on choosing the best aggregates in South Yorkshire for your construction job:

Why Do I Need the Best Aggregates?

The primary use of aggregates is to provide strength and a level of robustness to a construction project. Aggregates also help to distribute load, for example when used for roads and railways, and to provide ample drainage in landscape-based projects.

Aggregates are an essential element of making concrete and mortar, too. They’re typically mixed with cement, bitumen or gypsum, helping to give stability, as well as resistance to wear and erosion.

As such a fundamental part of your construction project, it’s important that you choose the best aggregates you can find, and that most meet your requirements.

What Types of Aggregates Are There?

The types of aggregates you need will depend on the project.

KCM’s large range of aggregates in South Yorkshire cover most needs and include:

  • Topsoil: Our affordable topsoil is ideal for flower beds and has great drainage properties.
  • Building sand: We provide a range of building sand types, including washed concrete sand, dry screen building sands, and recycled gritty sand. These are used by many construction companies in and around South Yorkshire for jobs like laying paving slabs and creating concrete.
  • Type 1 sub base: Our MOT Type 1 Clause 803 and Type 1 Reduced Fines (MOT Type 3) sub-bases are perfect for creating durable load-bearing bases, and provide great drainage and prevent settlement.
  • Gravels: We provide a choice of gravel for both large construction projects and domestic use in South Yorkshire. Our gravels include chalk, flint, quartz, and washed gravel, to help you get the look or finish you need.

How Do I Choose the Best Aggregates?

In order to know that you’re choosing the best aggregates in South Yorkshire that meet your needs, firstly consider what you need the aggregates to do.

If you need decorative aggregates, maybe for driveways, choose from KCM’s range of gravels. These are perfect for decorative purposes and are hard wearing, look great, and are cost-effective.

For aggregates required in building, choose our building sand. You can use this for laying basic paving slabs, and for creating mortar in building projects.

When you need a tough, load-bearing base, go for KCM’s Type 1 sub base. As well as a base for patios, driveways, and more, it can be used as a filling product.

You can also use aggregates for pipe bedding. For this purpose, we provide limestone, gritstone, and washed recycled stone all perfect for pipe bedding.

When you’re creating flower beds and need ample drainage, our topsoil will fit the bill. It’s also perfect for repairing lawn damage.

If you need guidance on what the best aggregates are for your project, speak to the experienced team at KCM.

Once you know which aggregate is best for your project, consider the aggregates suppliers near you, taking into account price, availability, the amount you need, the supplier’s expertise, and their ability to deliver your aggregates when you need them.

Who Supplies the Best Aggregates in South Yorkshire?

To be a reputable aggregates supplier, a company needs to be fully licensed with suitable certifications. The best aggregates companies will be ISO9001 accredited, to confirm that their quality systems have been approved.

They should also be ISO14001 accredited to confirm that their environmental management systems have been assessed.

The best aggregates supplier will also have suitable aggregates, soils, and tipping vehicles, whatever the size of the job.

KCM Aggregates cover all of South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Humberside, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, and aim to provide the best aggregates for your construction project at the best price. We’re also fully licensed with decades of expertise in the industry and a vast number of 5* customer reviews.

Aggregate Deliveries in South Yorkshire

KCM are based in Rotherham so we can easily supply projects in Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster, Chesterfield, Worksop, and beyond.

We also cover the entirety of Yorkshire, Humberside, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

We can deliver your chosen aggregates directly to your home or site on a day that suits you.

You can alternatively collect your aggregates from our fully licensed facilities in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

Find Out More

You can check our full list of aggregates available and order yours, or send us a message to discuss your needs and order the aggregates for your job.

For help with choosing the best aggregates for your needs, speak to our experienced Aggregates Manager on 07736 290 273.


Sand: Which Type is Right for Your Construction Project?

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When we think of sand within construction, we often don’t realise that there’s so much choice!

Sands are the finest types of aggregates available and have a wide variety of uses within the construction industry. In both domestic and commercial projects alike, sands, in general, can be used as a bulking and strengthening agent to create building materials. They can also be used for decorative purposes.

At KCM Waste Management, as well as being experts in waste management and disposal, we also offer a wide variety of recycled and primary aggregates, sands, gravels, and topsoil.

We are proud to be able to supply our commercial clients throughout South Yorkshire. Including major cities Rotherham, Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley, Chesterfield, Worksop, and more.

If you’re currently looking for materials for your next building project, you may be surprised to find out that different sands have slightly different uses. Therefore, we’ve decided to put together a helpful blog outlining the variations to help you make an informed decision:

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Washed Building Sand

By terms of ‘washed’ we mean that the sand has all of the dust, clay, silt, and any other unwanted materials removed so that we have a pure product and is then left to drain.

Washed building sand is essential for mixing mortars as part of the initial construction stage. For builders, as the name suggests, this sand is mixed with water and cement for bricklaying.

The fine texture and small particles of washed building sand make it the perfect choice if you’re looking to create a smooth finish.

Being a multi-purpose product, it is also popular with plasterers and other trades alike. It is often used for a variety of other building projects including mortar pointing, and plastering.

Washed Concreting Sand

Also commonly referred to as sharp sand or paving sand, washed concrete sand is one of the most popular types of sands within the construction industry.

It is more coarse than washed building sand and is larger in size. Being a versatile product, it’s often used to provide a stable sub-base for laying slabs and block paving. It can also be used for screeding, making concrete based products, and for external rendering on buildings. Washed concreting sand is also very popular for creating patio or seating areas in your garden.

You would normally opt for this over washed building sand if you were looking for more strength and less flexibility.

Dry Screen Building Sand

With very fine particles, dry screen building sand is perfect for mixing to create mortar.

It can therefore be used for laying bricks, blocks, or stone. Due to its thickness, you would normally choose to use motar to build outdoor standalone structures such as walls.

Recycled Grit Sand

As you’d expect, grit sand is the thickest type of sand, and so is also slightly heavier.

It is often used in construction and in gardening products. Due to its drainage properties, it is particularly suited to areas that are prone to be exposed to water.

Recycled grit sand, therefore, creates an ideal subbase for floor screeds, block paving, flagstones, or artificial grass.

Whether you’ve got an upcoming one-off project, or whether you’re a builder looking for regular deliveries, KCM Waste Management can help you. We have a fleet of tipper vehicles available. This means we can provide an unrivaled delivery service direct to your commercial premises or building site.

We offer tipper hire on our vehicles that are able to carry up to 20 tonnes at a time, making them suitable for aggregates and sand deliveries. All of our tippers are maintained to the highest possible standard. Ensuring they are 100% site safe and that they perform at their peak level during the hire period you choose.

If you choose to, you are also able to collect a selection of our aggregates locally from our licensed facilities based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Just simply call ahead to check availability and we will sort the rest out for you.

If you require any further assistance in choosing the right aggregate for your project, then feel free to contact our experienced team. Alternatively, you can contact our aggregates manager directly on 07736 290 273.