5 Reasons To Choose Recycled Aggregates Over Primary Materials

While primary materials have been at the forefront of construction for decades, recycled aggregates are quickly becoming more and more popular within the industry. This is due to their financial and environmental benefits, along with their quality, abundance, and versatility, as this blog will go on to cover.

Environmental Conservation

Using recycled aggregates significantly reduces the demand for extracting and processing primary materials, such as natural gravel and sand. By using SRC Group’s state of the art waste management facilities, we are able to turn construction waste and demolition spoil into high quality crushed concretes and hardcores. This conserves natural resources and negates the environmental impact caused by quarrying and mining. Furthermore, choosing recycled aggregates can reduce the high amounts of carbon emissions that are emitted from transporting primary materials, due to the ability to source them locally. SRC Group has optimised locations of our waste management centres throughout East Anglia and London, allowing for efficient delivery to construction sites within these areas. As a result, this approach greatly reduces our environmental impact and helps us reach our sustainability targets.

Financial Benefits

Recycled aggregates are often a cost-effective solution for construction projects when compared to primary aggregates. This is due to the fact that they are locally sourced and created from construction waste. Hence, the transportation costs are minimised, and the materials themselves come at a lower price point, resulting in a final product that’s less costly than most primary aggregates. The reduced costs associated with recycled aggregates make them an appealing option for budget-conscious projects.

Quality and Performance

Contrary to common misconceptions, recycled aggregates offer a high-quality performance, comparable to that of primary materials. Owing to the stringent standards recycled aggregates are held to, there is no compromise when it comes to quality. Here at SRC Group, we pride ourselves on ensuring that all of our recycled materials surpass industry standards. Our recycled aggregates are manufactured under WRAP protocols and undergo thorough in house testing to maintain the highest quality of materials, in line with the Highways 600 series specification. Whether used in road formation, concrete production, or construction, our recycled aggregates deliver consistent performance and durability, providing a reliable solution for various construction needs.

Consistent Availability

Another benefit of recycled aggregates is that they are readily available as a consistent supply for construction projects. While primary materials may be subject to fluctuations in availability due to factors such as extraction issues, recycled aggregates are sourced from local construction waste and, hence, there is an abundance of materials available. This allows contractors to depend on the steady supply provided by recycled aggregates, reducing the risk of delays or disruptions to their projects. By choosing this sustainable alternative, construction managers can confidently plan and execute projects without concerns about material availability, ensuring efficient and timely completion. SRC Group holds a plentiful stock of recycled aggregates at any one time, guaranteeing a consistent supply for any construction needs.


Recycled aggregates offer remarkable versatility compared to primary aggregates, making them suitable for a wide range of construction applications. While primary aggregates typically serve specific purposes based on their properties, recycled aggregates can be engineered to meet various performance requirements. Whether it’s road construction, concrete production, or other construction purposes, recycled aggregates can be adapted to deliver the desired strength and durability for the project. This versatility allows contractors to utilise recycled aggregates for any construction endeavour, making them an excellent choice of material.

Recycled aggregates are rapidly becoming the preferred solution to many construction needs. By providing environmental preservation, cost-effectiveness, quality assurance, reliable availability, and versatile applications; opting for recycled aggregates is a practical choice for sustainable and budget-conscious construction projects.

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