Millions of cubic meters of demolished and excavated building material are sent to landfill sites across South Africa on an annual basis. Aggreg8 has identified an opportunity to intervene and recycle this material into high quality products for the civils and construction industry.
Aggreg8 contracts with demolishers, excavators and developers, receive their waste (previously destined for the landfills) and reprocess this “waste” into reusable construction products such as sub-base material, concrete mix, building sand, filling and a crushed sand for concrete product manufacturing.
Aggreg8 products are sold at the prevailing market pricing and will be consistent with the equivalent quarry material and concrete product quality that is currently rated by SABS standards. Demand for eco-friendly building material has been on the increase over the past few years.
In Europe and America the demand for eco-friendly building material is massive, in fact, according to Bio-intelligence Service’s report on construction waste management in Europe, construction and demolition waste represents close to a third of all waste produced in Europe. As a result of the study, the total volume of construction and demolition waste was re-evaluated at over 500,000,000 tonnes per year, 46% of which is recycled.
Although way behind Europe and America, South Africa will no doubt follow this trend. In 2015 legislation will come into effect that includes building material as part of the green rating of the building.
Aggreg8 finds its foundation in the crushing and screening of building rubble, concrete and excavated materials, thus recycling the rejected material into a highly re-usable form, for use in the process of (a) sub-base material for roads and buildings, (b) various structural aggregates and (c) an excellent by-product crusher sand for the manufacture of brick and other concrete products. Not only does this not damage the environment from this otherwise waste resource, it takes the initiative further in the minimisation for a dump and landfill site.
We currently process a healthy level of building rubble and concrete from surrounding areas where demolitions and excavations abound, this, in its very nature to our close proximity to market as well as the further opportunity due to the shutdown of a nearby land-fill site. The operation, through its current and proposed production, supply back into the market with above mentioned products. The end product produced will be “Green” friendly and in accordance with the Green Building Council’s guidelines for building requirements. It will meet the necessary quality assurances and be graded on a continuous basis.
Machinery used in this process are screens and crushers and the mobile machinery required to feed discarded waste and take away quality finished products, namely front-end loaders and excavators. Tipper trucks access the site to deposit the discarded materials destined for the landfills and the same trucks take the finished goods away destined for the construction and infrastructure market.
Possible environmental impacts on this process are both noise and dust pollution. We have minimised both through carefully understanding the process of recycling. Dust is very prominent in our area from the mine dumps in the area and the general reductions thereof. In order not to add to this pollution we have inserted various water methods in dampening the amount of dust that is freed into the air, this, through water carts over the land and water sprayers on the machinery both on the inflow and outflow. We have inserted the necessary noise reduction techniques on all our machinery so as not to disturb the area. Our drive is to reduce the harm on the environment in every possible way.
Site Location & Description
Our current positions are at market face, decreasing demands on current landfill fill sites and increasing the demand for a nearby dump site of excavated and demolished material allowing for processing and recycling of a greener more efficient product through a massive reduction in transport costs and dramatic increase in transport efficiencies, all resulting in a vast reductions of transport and dump site pollution and a huge saving in natural resources.
Germiston – Malvern East
Aggreg8 is strategically positioned at the heart of a major interchange and route to the south, east, west and near north of Johannesburg as well as Germiston urban and CBD areas. The position in Malvern East bordering the Germiston interchange. We are situated on 32 000 m2 of open land bordering an industrial area of both Cleveland and Malvern. Access to this site is off a main road joining Johannesburg and Germiston. The site has the council approved zoning for the recycling of waste materials as described.
We strive to train our staff and clientele on all methods around recycling as well as the re use of recycled materials in a productive manner. We hold regular meetings to see how our endeavours can grow and continuously build creativity and initiatives in the recycling space.
Recycling will occur in the broader areas where our intentions are to operate, in so doing we believe in hiring and training staff, within those areas, through various phases of the recycling projects.
We have realised that we can unlock great value from waste materials by using the correct technology and processes. We are utilising construction waste including excavated and demolition materials and in doing this we dramatically reduce the ever increasing rising costs of building materials as well as dumping and transport related costs, we are also assisting councils in maximising the life span on the current landfill sites in and around our areas of operation and believe the synergies with council are great. We believe we are making strides in improving the negative and harmful practices on the environment and in turn promoting good, green and healthy Initiatives in the construction space. Our growth in these areas adds employment and training opportunities to the communities in becoming able to contribute through a learned skill thus building pride and dignity. We are passionate about what we do, especially about making a difference!