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New SMR Product Offers Huge Savings For Contractors

The reputation of Brett Aggregates' Hithermoor recycling facility as a 'One Stop Shop' continues to grow with the addition of a new soil stabilisation service.

The reputation of Brett Aggregates’ Hithermoor recycling facility as a ‘One Stop Shop’ continues to grow with the addition of a new soil stabilisation service, which transforms excavated spoil into high-quality, recycled reinstatement material, known as SMR or Structural Material for Reinstatement.

This new service has been developed in collaboration with ground engineering specialists, SMR (UK) Ltd, manufacturers of a specially formulated binder, which is blended with screened soil to create SMR  ?  a highly compactable, fully-complaint material that can be used as a direct replacement for Type 1. The cost savings for the contractor and benefits for the environment are impressive.

“The SMR treatment process allows excavated material to be recycled as a high-performance sub-base, which meets SROH specifications,” explains Andrew Bareham, Director of SMR (UK) Ltd. “By treating excavated spoil in this way, we can divert tonnes of material from landfill, which is not only great for the environment but also brings massive cost savings for the contractor when compared to traditional reinstatement processes. There is no landfill tax to pay, no aggregates tax, and when you add that to the reduction in imported material costs, there are huge savings to be made – typically £38 per cubic metre compared with traditional methods.”

Excavated spoil is brought into Brett’s Hithermoor site near Staines where it is first screened to remove large stones, debris and vegetation, then batch-mixed with the SMR binder to produce a high-performance reinstatement material. The binder itself consists of a cementitious base and certain additives, which trigger a chemical reaction in the soil, drying it out and increasing its density as the soil particles bond together. The result is a strong, stable material that compacts well. This recycled material can then be taken back to site and used for reinstatement – completing the cycle without landfill and without the need to import virgin aggregates.

The convenient location of Brett Aggregates’ Hithermoor site, just off junction 14 of the M25 makes it an ideal hub for recycling services such as this, particularly for contractors engaged in the many utilities infrastructure projects currently underway in and around West London and demand for the SMR.

Sales Manager at Brett Aggregates, Daniel Haw says, “We can now provide a one-stop shop for the utilities contractor at Hithermoor. Customers can tip their waste, then pick up reinstatement material as well as delayed set asphalt – all in one place. We are delighted to be working with SMR (UK) and to be able to offer such a cost-effective service to our customers.”

New SMR 1
New SMR 2