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