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The Benefits of Buying Loose Aggregates from Us

Date Published: 10/10/2021
Author: Widdington Recycling Staff

Widdington Recycling is a company that provides loose aggregates to Essex and local areas. We provide all the aggregates you need for your construction projects, including building sand, sharp sand, gravel, topsoil, ballast and more! We offer prompt service with competitive pricing so your project can be on time and within budget 

If you are looking for some of the best aggregate suppliers in Essex then look no further than Widdington Recycling. Not only do we have everything you need but our prices are very affordable. There are a number of benefits to buying your aggregates from us, not least that you will get an excellent service.

By supplying the perfect aggregate for each job we can guarantee that it is done right first time. In order to do this we have a team of experts on hand with years of experience between them who will happily offer advice and guidance on the best aggregate to use. This is especially important when it comes to building sand and sharp sand as they are used in such a diverse number of situations.

Widdington Recycling will happily transport our aggregates straight to your site which means that it arrives on time, saving you valuable time and money on transport. We offer a prompt delivery service with competitive pricing so there is no more waiting around for your delivery to arrive and worrying that it won’t be enough, we’ve got you covered!

Aggregate being loaded by a shovel loader ready for delivery.

What Aggregates we offer

Aggregates come in various sizes, shapes, and colors. We offer a variety of aggregates for your construction needs, including building sand, sharp sand, gravel, topsoil, ballast and MOT. 

Building Sand

Building sand is a special type of sand that is used in the construction industry where it is blended with cement and water to create a mortar mix. It can also be used to build up the ground before laying down a new surface such as asphalt .

Sharp Sand

Sharp sand is a type of sand that is good for building. It is not the same as the sand in your sandbox. Sharp sand has a range of grain sizes with most being no bigger than the size of a pea. It is used for mortar mixes and also as a stabilizer or filter material in gravel.


Gravel is graded according to size; 10mm gravel is small while 20mm gravel is large. 10mm gravel is the most common type of gravel used, and can be used for many purposes. 20mm gravel is obviously larger and is good for decoration.

10mm gravel is one of the most common aggregates offering excellent durability at an affordable price. The fine-grained aggregate is good for making your garden and driveway. It can be used for ground drainage and lining underground pipes too.

20mm gravel is the best choice for decoration, including landscaping and gardening. The stone has excellent frost resistance and low moisture absorption, so it is ideal for decorating pools, parks, and flower beds, etc.

Garden Topsoil

Aggregate garden topsoil is usually used to create a level surface on garden plots or flower beds. Topsoil provides nutrients that help plants grow better and it also helps maintain the health of the soil. This type of aggregate has finer particles than sub-bases, gravel, or stone aggregate for driveways. The process of digging up topsoil is easy because it’s loose and soft, unlike other types of aggregates which are hard and require heavy machinery.

BS3882 Topsoil

The product is composed of topsoil and PAS100 compost, which forms an improved multi-purpose topsoil that meets the British Standard for BS3882 Topsoil. It’s frequently utilized in gardening, civil engineering, housing developments, and utility maintenance.

Screened Topsoil

Screened topsoil is a type of aggregates that is typically used for gardening and building projects because it has a very loose and soft texture. Screened topsoil can vary in color and structure, but generally it ranges from brown to tan in color. The soil trapped in screened topsoil is usually rich in nutrients and pH balanced to support vegetation and plant life. 


A mixture of sand and gravel known as a rock aggregate, rock aggregate is used in a wide range of building projects. It’s typically referred to as “ballast.” This aggregate is primarily used in heavy-duty construction and for everyday purposes like as concrete production.

The main uses of Ballast are:

  • Sub bases
  • Pathways
  • Footings
  • Foundations
  • Filling voids in hardcore
  • Concrete mixes

MOT Aggregate

Is a Type 1 MOT that serves as a Sub Base. It’s made from crushed limestone and has a low production cost, making it an excellent aggregate choice when compared to other Type 1 aggregates like Type 1 Recycled Crushed Concrete and Type 1 Granite. MOT, unlike other Type 1 aggregates, produces less fines making it a preferred choice amongst builders, landscapers and DIYers .

The aggregate can vary in size. The largest Type 1 MOT will be 40mm, and it will go down to a fine dust particle. It’s superb compactibility makes it ideal for use as a sub-base. It’s been used as a fundamental base layer material for generations and has met the Department of Transport Specification for Highway Works, Clause 803 approval.

The primary applications of a Type 1 MOT are:

  • Patios
  • Building bases
  • Car Parks
  • Footpaths
  • Highways
  • Driveways

Type 1 MOT isn’t the most visually attractive aggregate we offer. Because crushed limestone is permeable, it aids drainage. The presence of bigger stones in the mix ensures that when exposed to harsh weather conditions, it won’t wash away.