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

Download the Aggregates Quality Protocol (PDF, 298K).