Written by Paige Fellows   

Why Recycle Concrete Aggregate

Recycled concrete aggregate:

  • Is high quality, meeting or exceeding all applicable state and federal specifications.
  • Is an accepted source of aggregate into new concrete by ASTM and AASHTO.
  • Is currently used in concrete and asphalt products with better performance over comparable virgin aggregates.
  • Provides superior compaction and constructability.
  • Is higher yield. Recycled aggregates are lighter weight per unit of volume, which means less weight per cubic yard, resulting in reduced material costs, haul costs, and overall project costs.
  • Weighs 10-15 percent less than comparable virgin quarry products (concrete).
  • Offers a way to reduce landfill waste streams.
  • Means minimization of environmental impacts in an Urban Quarry setting.

For further proof of reasons to recycle, please see the Case Histories page.

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