What are recycled aggregates and why are they beneficial?

4th September 2019

An industrial plastic bag filled with recycled aggregates.

All types of construction requires aggregates of some form, but as the world is now making a conscious effort to take care of the environment, sourcing raw materials is occuring at a faster rate than it can be replenished. Using recycled aggregates, however, is one positive change that you can make.

Read on for a brief overview on recycled aggregates are their benefits.

What are recycled aggregates?

Aggregates are a broad term that refers to materials used in construction such as sand, crushed stone and concrete. Originally made from naturally sourced stone, recycled aggregates are an environmentally-conscious alternative, reusing materials from demolitions and constructions sites so natural resources do not need to be mined.

What are the benefits of recycled aggregates?

Recycling is now commonplace in our homes, but recycled aggregates mean we can also do our bit throughout construction too. Here we explain the benefits of using recycled aggregates.


If you’re looking for a way of saving money, then using recycled aggregates could be your answer. Compared to virgin materials that require the machinery and equipment that’s needed to source and process them, recycled aggregates are near enough ready to go as soon as they’re collected. Additionally, these usually come from locally sourced sites, so this eliminates the cost of delivery.


The energy that’s needed to gather raw aggregates means more pollution and a bigger carbon footprint. Not to mention the amount of construction materials sent to landfill where they cannot decompose and dangerous gases are let into the atmosphere. On the other hand, recycled aggregates can eliminate these problems, as well as improve the reputation of your business as many customers now sway towards companies who make a conscious effort to help the environment.

Reduces the need for landfill sites

When items cannot be recycled or are not properly recycled, they are usually sent to landfill. As mentioned, these sites are extremely bad for the environment, taking up space, emitting dangerous gases and adding to the growing problem of environmental issues. By recycling aggregates this will reduce the amount of construction waste that is sent to landfill, and instead, put it to good use by reusing it in a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly way.

Here at Hazell and Jefferies , we provide high-quality recycled aggregates for domestic, commercial and industrial clients in and around Oxford. Delivered directly to you, we have everything you need to complete your project on time. With affordable prices that suit you, get in touch today for more information

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