Sheehan Group reach major production milestone
Company produces record volume of low carbon concrete blocks made from recycled aggregate
THE Sheehan Group say they have produced 380 miles of recycled concrete blocks in the past 12 months – the equivalent of the distance between Oxford and Edinburgh.
The waste-recycling firm is reprocessing the concrete blocks by recycling leftover aggregates from construction and demolition (C&D) waste and saving it going to landfill. C&D waste materials are recycled at Sheehan Group’s wet-processing plant (supplied by CDE); producing high-quality concrete blocks, recycled aggregates, sand and other construction materials.
With sustainability now the norm in the construction materials sector, contractors are embracing recycled concrete blocks, which have a lower carbon footprint compared with other products on the market. This has led to a record volume of blocks produced in the past 12 months at Sheehan Group’s Dix Pit recycling site, in Oxfordshire.
Tara Sheehan, finance director for Sheehan Group, said: ‘We are experiencing an increased demand for concrete blocks, thanks to their high-quality performance combined with their sustainability credentials. In the last year, we have produced 380 miles of recycled concrete blocks and expect this to increase in 2020. By using recycled concrete blocks in construction projects; companies are helping to make a positive difference to the climate emergency.’
The company’s concrete blocks contain a minimum 75% recycled/secondary aggregates and are environmentally engineered to meet UK and European technical standards. They are said to be durable, resilient and have a Class 1 Fire Resistance rating. The recycled concrete blocks are also freeze, frost and thaw resistant and provide a sound insulation of 45RwdB.
‘Quarried aggregates are expensive and have a large carbon footprint to produce,’ commented Ms Sheehan. ‘By utilizing recycled aggregates, it helps against the environmental impact and creates a product that is great value for money.
‘So much waste can be transformed into useful products that can be used on construction. And we are constantly researching more sustainable ways to repurpose waste that can benefit our customers and the environment.’