Successful aggregates information service to relaunch

A successful aggregates information service, which was designed to reduce the dependency of the construction industry on primary aggregates and increase the sector’s use of secondary and recycled materials, is to relaunch.

The new Aggregates Information Service (AIS) is the reincarnation of the Government’s Aggregates Advisory Service (AAS), a trial project that ran from 1996 to 1999 controlled by the former Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR), which was designed to translate into practice governmental policy regarding the efficient use of aggregates.

“The trial service made a real impact on the thinking of the aggregates industry, and the RMC Environment Fund is delighted to fund the continuation of this excellent and forward-thinking project,” said David Neave, Divisional Managing Director of RMC Aggregates (UK) Ltd. “We look forward to its contribution in improving the sustainability of the construction and aggregates industries.”

Over its 26 month trial, the AAS held three annual national conferences, published over 11,000 digests and dealt with over 1,500 enquiries. The new AIS is to be run by Viridis, a non profit company that researches and develops solutions for improved management of waste and environmental resources.

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