Sustainable aggregates booklet now available
A new booklet showcasing Australia’s Sustainable Aggregates Industry, has been released by the Federal Government, 'Sustainable Aggregates in Australia' promotes the use of recycled building products in civil engineering and construction projects and features South Australian recycling leader ResourceCo.
Recycled concrete has up to 65% lower greenhouse emissions impact than similar products made from virgin quarried rock
Sustainable Aggregates is a term used to describe products made from recycled construction and demolition materials. It is estimated that more than 9 million tonnes of masonry by-products were recycled in Australia in 2008-09 and used to replace the need for virgin crushed rock.
Products made from recycled materials are more economical for users and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. ‘Sustainable Aggregates’ made from recycled concrete have up to a 65% lower greenhouse emissions impact than similar products made from virgin quarried rock.
A highlight of the booklet is a case study from South Australia, featuring the Harris Scarfe Redevelopment. ResourceCo received heavy material from the Harris Scarfe demolition, crushed it into aggregate and returned it to the site to construct building and retention piles. It also recovered the reinforcing steel and recovered lighter waste fractions that would otherwise have been sent to landfill.
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