Recovering and using recycled aggregates

Quality standards for recycled aggregates

The quality protocol for the production of aggregates from inert waste sets an industry benchmark for recycled aggregate production. It defines the point at which a product is no longer considered as waste. This is important because once a material is not classed as waste you do not have to follow waste controls such as using a registered waste carrier to transport your materials. However, you should continue to handle materials with care to ensure that you don't face enforcement action for causing pollution.

WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) has also published checklists and guidance documents to help those producing and buying recycled aggregates to comply with the quality protocol. These provide:

  • detailed guidance on the requirements for producers and specifiers of sustainable aggregates
  • a roadmap that enables producers to prove that their material has been produced in a way that complies with the quality protocol
  • guidance which allows end users to tell the difference between suppliers

You can read information on the quality protocol for aggregates on the WRAP website.

Standards for aggregates

The European Standards for aggregates set requirements for the production of different aggregates, ensuring that they meet a certain quality. This helps producers to demonstrate the quality of their products, and buyers and users to have confidence in the aggregates they have chosen. The European Standards enable recycled and secondary aggregates to be used across a broad range of applications because they:

  • cover aggregates from natural, recycled and manufactured materials
  • focus on fitness for purpose
  • do not discriminate between different resources

You can read about the European Standards for aggregates on the WRAP website.