Accreditation for 100% recycled concrete

Published:  17 December, 2010

HAMPSHIRE: L Ready Mix Concrete has secured UK EN BSI 9001:2008 quality accreditation for concrete that is made from 100% recycled aggregate. 

The company, a division of Fareham-based L Waste Management, received its certificate from the British Standards Institute following nine months of intensive work.

In that time the ready-mixed concrete division reviewed its processes, prepared for and successfully completed three detailed quality audits.

Operations manager Ian Bradbury also gained a personal first‚ by masterminding the project and writing the necessary quality and procedures manuals to document L's methods.  Commenting on the success, Mr Bradbury said: "It is good for our business in that it enables us to sell to larger construction companies that insist on quality assured supplies. It also restates our commitment to quality and sustainability for all customers.

"L Waste Management is unusual because we have almost entirely turned our back on primary aggregates.

"Most major ready-mix companies use virgin aggregate, and where recycled material is employed this only amounts to about 20% of the total.

"There are no more than three or four loads that include marine sand in an average week at L and these are for floor screeds. Everything else relies on 100% secondary aggregate produced from mixed construction/demolition wastes," Mr Bradbury explained.

The company supplies ready mixed concrete for a range of applications including backfilling after repairs to gas and water services and material for footings, site slabs, kerbs, driveways, parking areas and pathways.

Managing director Mick Balch said: "Quality control is of the utmost importance for us as we have to ensure that each design mix is consistent. I am delighted that we now hold BS 9001 accreditation and we are keen to extend this to other parts of our diverse waste and recycling business."

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