When it comes to construction projects, the term “hardcore” refers to the solid and non-combustible waste left over from demolition, excavation, or construction activities. This can include materials such as concrete, bricks, rubble, stones, tarmac, and asphalt. The disposal of such materials is a significant challenge for the construction industry, but there is a solution – hardcore recycling.

Recycling hardcore materials involves the process of crushing and screening to produce recycled aggregates that can be used in construction projects. ETM Recycling are the South West of England’s leading hardcore waste management providers, we have comprised this blog to delve deeper into the topic of hardcore recycling, providing a complete guide to the process of recycling hardcore materials.

The Benefits of Recycling Hardcore Materials

There are numerous benefits of hardcore material recycling. For starters, recycling helps to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, which can lead to a reduction in pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, recycling hardcore materials can help to conserve natural resources, such as gravel and sand, by reducing the demand for virgin materials.

Recycling hardcore materials can also be cost-effective. The cost of processing recycled materials is typically lower than the cost of extracting and processing virgin materials, making it an attractive option for construction projects on a budget.

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What is the Process of Recycling Hardcore Materials?

The process of recycling hardcore materials involves several steps, beginning with the collection and transportation of the waste. Skip hire companies, like ETM Recycling, collect waste materials from construction sites and transport them to a recycling facility.

Once the materials have been collected, they are sorted and processed. Sorting involves the removal of any contaminants, such as wood or metal, that could potentially damage the crushing machinery. The sorted materials are then crushed and screened to produce recycled aggregates.

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The Crushing and Screening Process

The crushing and screening process is a critical step in the recycling of hardcore materials. Crushing machinery is used to break down the materials into smaller pieces. The machinery used for crushing includes jaw crushers, impact crushers, and cone crushers.

Once the materials have been crushed, they are screened to remove any contaminants and to produce the desired size of recycled aggregate. The screening process can be done using a variety of equipment, including vibrating screens, trommel screens, and scalping screens.

Types of Recycled Aggregates

Recycled aggregates can be used in a variety of construction applications, including road building, drainage systems, and as a base for new construction projects. There are several types of recycled aggregates that are commonly used in construction, including:

Type 1 Crushed Concrete

This is the most commonly used recycled aggregate in the construction industry. It is made from crushed concrete and is suitable for use as a sub-base for roads and other construction projects.


This is a coarse aggregate that is made from crushed concrete or brick rubble. It is typically used as a backfill material or as a base for roads and pavements.

Screened Topsoil

This is a type of recycled aggregate that is made from soil that has been screened to remove any contaminants. It is often used in landscaping and gardening projects.

At ETM Recycling, we offer a range of recycled aggregates, including Type 1 and 2 crushed concrete, 6F2, and screened topsoil. Our recycling facility is equipped with state-of-the-art crushing and screening machinery, allowing us to process a wide range of materials.

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Hardcore Recycling with ETM

Recycling hardcore materials is a vital part of the construction industry. By recycling waste materials, we can reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, conserve natural resources, and reduce the overall cost of construction projects.

The process of recycling hardcore materials involves collecting and transporting the waste, sorting and processing the materials, and crushing and screening to produce recycled aggregates. At ETM Recycling, we offer a range of recycled aggregates, including Type 1 and 2 crushed concrete, 6F2, and screened topsoil.

If you’re looking for a reliable and cost-effective solution for your hardcore recycling needs, look no further than ETM Recycling. Our commitment to quality, competitive pricing, and excellent customer service makes us the ideal choice for your next construction project. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you with your recycling needs

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