The use of aggregates in small and large scale building projects dates back as far as the Roman Empire when sand and stone were key materials in the development of the network of aqueducts and roads. Over time, the uses have evolved, although the main purpose of reinforcing a composite material, such as concrete, to drainage for foundations, wall drains and roadside edges, still does remain its principal purpose. Aggregates can also be used in a range of domestic settings from building driveways and paths to patios and hard standings.
What Are Recycled Aggregates?
Aggregates are often comprised of various building materials, such as gravel, sand, slag and crushed stone and these are amongst some of the most excessively mined materials in the world. However, in recent years, recycled materials have come to fore, not only are they equally effective and environmentally friendly, but it is also a more economical option.
Types of Recycled Aggregates
The new forms of recycled aggregate come in a range of types that are more eco-friendly than traditional materials. These vary from finely crushed particulate material to larger sizes depending on requirements. The table below highlights some of the most popular options and their uses.
|Type of Recycled Aggregate||Suitable For:|
|Crushed Concrete||Patio bases, hard standing, pathways and driveways|
|Pipe Bedding Sand||Patio laying, gas pipes or electrical cabling, bedding in fence posts and floor screeding|
|80/40 Crushed||Driveways and pathways|
|Ballast Mix||Making concrete|
|Washed Drainage Shingle||Alternative to gravel|
|Sharp Sand||slabs, patios, concrete and also suitable for floor screeding and fence posts|
Are There Any Environmental Impacts?
For decades, the impact of quarrying has raised concerns, specifically due to pollution caused by smoke, dust and traffic. There have also been concerns about the excessive noise, damage to caves and a decline in water quality in the areas surrounding the quarries, not to mention damage to landscapes and visual blights. For this reason, recycling companies now work hard to mitigate the amount of waste product that is sent to landfills, conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gases.
Following the negative factors inherent in quarrying, many people in both residential and business settings now look to the recycling of aggregates as a way to acquire not just high quality, economical alternative, but as a means of protecting the environment from the ravages of traditional mining methods.
Order Your Recycled Aggregates Today
At Grabloader, we specialise in producing strong, high-quality recycled aggregates for use in domestic and commercial projects of all scale throughout the Reading area. So, for more info, to check our stock or to organise a visit your local quarry, get in touch with our team on 0118 988 4142 or use our online contact form and we’ll be in touch soon.