Bagged Aggregates vs Loose Aggregates | AMS News


Bagged aggregates vs loose aggregates… Which should I choose?

When buying aggregates through our online shop or over the phone, we have two options available to our customers. These are:

  1. Aggregates which are delivered in bulk bags
  2. Aggregates which are delivered loose by the tonne.

But which should you go for? In this article, we give you the benefits of both to help you make an informed decision before clicking the checkout button.

Bagged aggregates

Bagged aggregates take up less space

1 tonne of aggregates may not sound like much, but you will be surprised how much we fit in those bags, they measure 90cm x 90cm x 90cm so really can be tucked away. Having your aggregates bagged will take up a considerably less amount of space than the loose alternative. 

They’re easy to store

If you don’t plan to use all your aggregates in one go, then you may be able to move your aggregate bag into your desired collection, such as a shed or garage. Plus, with it being bagged, it won’t cause any obstruction issues compared to having it piled loosely on the ground.

You can reuse your bag for waste

Once you’ve used up your aggregates, you will be left with a large, sturdy bag which is ideal for waste collection, so if you are working on a garden project and need to remove a tonne of green waste, your bag will be the perfect place for it. We can then come and collect it once you’re done.

Get various aggregates in one load

Maybe you’re wanting 1 tonne of topsoil alternative and 1 tonne of shingle, by ordering these in bags you can get them delivered in one trip, as opposed to having them loose where our delivery drivers would need to do two trips.

Learn more about waste collections here >>

Loose aggregates

Perfect for larger projects

If you are requiring more than just 1 tonne (which is what our bags hold) then loose may be a better option so you don’t have bags dotted all over the place. Generally this is why our loose aggregates are very popular with contractors, builders and tradespeople.

Half the job is done for you

Let’s imagine you’re redoing your driveway and laying scalpings, limestone or shingle… By purchasing your aggregates loose, half the job is done for you and you may just need to rake the stones into the right place (as opposed to getting them out the bag with a shovel). 

Cost effective

The more you order of our loose aggregates, the more you save. To give you an idea, 20 tonne (which is our maximum capacity) of loose type 1 recycled is £14 + VAT and the bagged alternative is £38.40 + VAT per tonne.

Ready to place your order?

Whether it’s 1 tonne or 20 tonnes, Avon Material Supplies will provide you with an excellent service and product from the moment you order all the way through to delivery.

See our range of bagged aggregates >>

“This was my second delivery in a week from AMS . Fantastic service, received my bulk gravel bag the next day. Would definitely recommend this company. Friendly delivery driver and great quality and prices.”

Mark, bagged aggregate customer

See our range of loose aggregates >>

“Excellent reversing skills from Avon Material Supplies Ltd. Thank you and no excuses from any other delivery trucks now.”

Jen, loose aggregate customer

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If you are still unsure whether you should go for bagged or loose, then you can always speak to one of our aggregate experts over the phone by calling us on 01202 579579, or you can email us at

*Prices correct at the time of the article going live

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