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The Benefits of Using Recycled Aggregates

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

If your business requires aggregates, you may be looking at using primary aggregates, secondary aggregates or recycled aggregates. As it becomes more and more important to consider the environmental impact of your business, it is essential to make choices that can reduce your carbon emissions. This can be anything from motivating employees to cycle to work or choosing building materials that have a better impact on the environment.

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The Difference Between Primary Aggregates & Recycled Aggregates

Generally, most aggregates that you will use will have been obtained directly from limestone and sand gravel quarries, which are primary minerals. The alternative is to use secondary and recycled aggregates which are derived from other sources other than the direct extraction of primary mineral resources such as demolition or construction waste. Instead of harvesting new materials, recycled aggregates contribute to the circular economy by repurposing waste products.

Types of Recycled Aggregates

There are many different types of recycled aggregates, each suited to different uses:

6F2: Made out of crushed concrete, brick and mortar - all produced as a by-product of demolition projects.

Dust and building sand: Can be used to backfill trenches, cover on-site pipes and provide paving solutions.

Topsoil: A recycled soil that can be used for landscaping, sports grounds and open spaces.

Pipe bedding: Often used for drainage purposes.

The Benefits of Using Recycled Aggregates

Here’s why you should consider using recycled aggregates:


Recycled aggregates are extremely versatile. No matter what your requirements are, there are so many different types of aggregates on the market that you will certainly find something that fits your needs.

Promotes a Circular Economy

The best way to ensure the sustainability of your business is to support a circular economy. This means choosing products that have been recycled and ensuring that no waste goes to landfill.

Environmentally Sustainable

One of the key benefits of using recycled aggregates is that they are environmentally sustainable. In order to procure recycled aggregates it requires significantly less energy during the production stage and eliminates the need for quarrying virgin material. It also cuts out the need to transport virgin materials from where they are sourced to where they will be used. Reducing the amount of ship, rail and road haulage required. If recycled aggregates are processed and re-used locally to the source, the amount of carbon emissions is reduced.

Are you looking for a provider of quality primary or recycled aggregates? Look no further than Mark Luck Ltd: the best aggregate and shingle suppliers across Kent, Sussex and London. We ensure our customers receive only the best materials. Get in touch today to find out more.

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