Britain’s biggest recycling success story is approaching maximum capacity with the vast majority of reusable materials being put back into use in construction.
The MPA says recovery of construction waste to produce recycled aggregates – and processing of industrial by-products into secondary aggregates – is close to reaching its upper limit.
In this report based on data from 2020, MPA estimates that 28% of aggregates for construction come from recycled and secondary sources – some 62 million tonnes in 2020. That means the mineral products industry recycles more than any other sector by volume and places Britain among the leading recyclers of construction materials in Europe.
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The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries.