Uses of Recycled Crushed Aggregates in Winter | AMS News

What you can do with recycled crushed aggregates in winter

Approximately 200 million tonnes of aggregates are used in the UK each year, and of this around 57 million are sourced from recycled materials*.

Recycled aggregates are being used more and more as businesses look to become environmentally friendly and use sustainable materials. And as climate change brings more adverse weather and therefore more challenges to business and construction, they are becoming more and more necessary as sub bases.

In this article we are going to share what our recycled products are and how they can be used in winter.

What is recycled crushed aggregate?

Recycled crushed aggregates are made from reprocessing materials that have been originally used in construction. The process includes being crushed (hence the term crushed aggregates) and mixed.

AMS recycled crushed aggregates

We have a range of recycled crushed aggregates at our site in Canford:

6F5 Crushed Concrete

This is a recycled aggregate made from concrete and hardcore.

Recycled Tarmac

This is reprocessed pavement containing asphalt and aggregates.

Type 1 Recycled

This is an aggregate that is made up of different materials, such as limestone and crushed concrete which can vary in size from 40mm to dust.

Uses of the aggregates

These aggregates are often used as sub-bases, trench fills and oversight fills. However, in the winter they can take on an extra use as they can also be used on softer ground to make it firmer.

On a building site, it is usual to see aggregates such as 6F5 Crushed Concrete being used to create a path for vehicles from the main road to the building site. This is because the crushed aggregate sits on top of the mud and waterlogged ground to prevent tyres spinning and heavy vehicles sinking.

The benefit of using 6F5 Crushed Concrete is it’s cheap to lay down and you can build up from it, using the aggregate as a subbase, meaning you kill two birds with one stone (pun not intended).

Materials such as Type 1 Recycled and 6F5 Crushed Concrete are also great to use as capping layers. For example in road construction, these materials can be used to reduce disruption caused by wet weather. This is because these materials protect the subgrade from rainfall and weathering.

Type 1 Recycled can also be used as a car park base, as the smaller stones will be compacted together making it a solid foundation suitable for cars constantly moving around. Please note that recycled aggregates aren’t appropriate for all uses, such as highways. We can supply aggregates such as Type 1 Limestone for such uses should you need it. Call us on 01202 579579 to discuss your project and which aggregates you might need with our experts.

Loose and bagged aggregates

All of our aggregates can be delivered in bulk bags or loose.

If you are looking for small amounts of recycled crushed aggregate, our bags can hold up to a tonne of each aggregate, and can be delivered to your site at a date and time that suits you.

However, the likelihood is that you are looking for a large quantity, so, you will need the aggregate delivered loose. AMS can deliver up to 20 tonnes on our 6 and 8 wheel tippers and 4, 6 and 8 wheel grab lorries, making this option easier and cheaper.

Contractors and tradesmen also have the option of collecting the bagged or loose aggregate from our inert facility at Canford.

Ready to order?

Our aggregates are produced to an extremely high standard, using a specialist washing plant that is one of only 13 in the UK.

Ready to order your recycled crushed aggregates? Head to our online shop and order your materials.

If you still aren’t quite sure which aggregate will work best for your project, give us a call on 01202 579579 to discuss it with our aggregate experts. Or email


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