Are you considering recycled aggregate for your next construction project? Consider a portable crushing plant that specializes in recycled aggregate. These plants offer significant cost, energy, and time savings for aggregate operations around the globe. As a leader in portable plant design and construction, Sepro provides custom solutions to fit many types of aggregate equipment onto a portable chassis, giving you a completely mobile operation. But there’s more to it than just having a mobile crushing solution. Here’s how using portable crushing plants can benefit your next recycled aggregate project. 

Does your geographical area have limited access to natural stone?

If your area does not have easy access to sand, stone, and gravel, any construction project will require shipments of aggregate to be trucked in. The costs associated with transporting aggregate material can be extremely high, especially when it comes from different provinces, states, or even countries! Not to mention the environmental impact of shipping the materials with trucks. An average truck uses 0.56 litres of diesel per kilometre, which creates 0.0015 tonnes of CO2 emissions. With every kilometre and every extra truck needed for shipping, these CO2 emissions add up fast! Not to mention the price of gas which is around $1.80 per litre. For every hundred or so kilometres, you’re looking at $100 in gas. 

Recycled aggregate can be sourced from a location much closer to the point of use, reducing the need to ship in aggregate from other areas. Portable impactor plants are designed to crush and screen recycled construction material so that they can be reused as construction aggregate⏤minimal transportation required.

Are you paying high disposal costs for old concrete material?

Some landfills have been known to charge high tipping fees for the disposal of concrete. We’ve seen tipping fees at up to $300 per tonne, as well as outright disposal bans. A cubic metre of concrete weighs 2.4 tonnes, making disposal a costly expense. 

Recycling concrete as construction aggregate saves on these high tipping fees while also eliminating the environmental impact of taking up valuable landfill space. Concrete is recyclable and should be reused as much as possible. 

Can you use recycled aggregate instead of natural sand, stone, and gravel?

For many construction projects, recycled concrete is a wonderful material. For quality control purposes, it’s necessary to know whether the recycled concrete you’ll be using is from a high or low-density source. These two types have different applications. Recycled aggregate is a suitable material for use in road construction, as engineered backfill, and as a base material in many other applications. Used appropriately, recycled aggregate performs as well or better than primary aggregate!

Sepro Systems can build a custom portable crushing plant just for you.

Recycling concrete makes sense from both an environmental and economic perspective. The use of recycled aggregate reduces the need for new quarries, reduces energy use associated with transporting primary aggregate material, preserves a non-renewable resource, and can be supplied cheaper by local sources versus primary aggregate. 

Sepro’s team of engineers are experts at creating portable crushing plants to fit your unique needs. To learn more about our portable plants or aggregate equipment solutions, contact Sepro Crushing and Screening today.