Report finds UK’s aggregate reserves are dangerously low

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) have once again, raised concerns over the country’s shrinking aggregate reserves in their Annual Mineral Planning Survey Report (AMPS 2017).

Based on information provided by MPA members, AMPS 2017 revealed that whilst sales of sand and gravel increased by 2.5% and crushed rock by 5.3%, reserves have remained worryingly low. Sand and gravel has reserves of just 60% and alarmingly only 6% of crushed rock sales were replaced during 2016.

These worrying statistics confirm that the demand for raw materials continues to far outweigh any new reserves, which in turn, raises an important question for the industry – what can we do to help? One solution is to reduce the use of virgin aggregates by using a soil stabiliser.

UltraCrete Perma-Soil is a sol stabiliser which turns excavated spoil into usable backfill within minutes. This not only eliminates the need for virgin aggregates, and therefore lessens the pressure on the country’s natural reserves but also eradicates all the costs associated with hauling away spoil.

Ideal for small utility repairs, such as backfilling poles, water metres and water tobies, Perma-Soil is available in 25kg and 12.5kg units – the perfect size for most utility excavations – and is A9 Approved, which proves its use across the entire UK network.

Furthermore, Perma-Soil vastly reduces the amount of materials that would traditionally be sent to landfill – a fundamental requirement set out in the Utility WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme) Agreement. Find out more about Perma-Soil’s environmental capabilities.

The benefits of using Perma-Soil soil stabiliser are easy to see. For further information on Perma-Soil and how you can reduce the use of virgin aggregates, please contact UltraCrete’s team of Technical experts by email or by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

Source: Aggregate Business and Mineral Products Association

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