Aggregate Sales are on the Rise. What does that mean?

Back in March the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported that in 2016 crushed stone production totaled about 1.48 billion tons of crushed stone, valued at $16.2 billion. That number  was up 11% over 2015. Along the same lines consumption was also up, and has increased an average of 7% over the same period the previous year. The survey also noted that every quarter since the second quarter of 2013 consumption of aggregate materials has risen.

What this is indicating to us is stronger construction activity and a recovery in both the private and residential sectors. This level of growth hasn’t been seen since late 2005! This also tells us the consumption of aggregates is likely to continue increasing.

Along with aggregate Construction sand and gravel production in 2016 increased in tonnage of 7% over 2015 as well.

Both materials are expected to reach or exceed the historical annual average of the past 50 years which was a 2 to 4 % increase per year.

We’ve seen a lot of construction projects happening, and have had a demand for aggregate materials, so we would agree with the findings of the study from our end.

What does that mean? It seems to us that it’s indicating the construction industry will continue to flourish, providing jobs, and potentially keeping the economy growing. We hope that continues to be the case here in the NY metro area as we head into the second have of 2017.

Aggregate Sales

Today marks the first day of Spring, and it’s time to start thinking about all those construction projects if you haven’t already.

Are you ready for your drainage project? Whether you’re installing a french drain, septic drain field, retaining wall drain or road side drain, we have the perfect aggregate material for you to use.

Aggregate Stone

Or, are you pouring a foundation? Building a road? Paving a driveway? Repairing railroad tracks? We have the right aggregate for you too.

We offer 7 different types of aggregate, to ensure you find the right base for your job.

3/8” Pea Gravel
3/8” Clean Stone
3/4” Crushed Stone
1 1/2” Crushed Stone
2-4” Crushed Stone
Mason Sand
Concrete Sand

And, you can pick it up, or we can deliver it to you. Give us a call today at 201-472-1031 to place your order.

Do You Need Aggregate?

Aggregate Stone

Did you know that here at Westside Environmental we offer aggregate? We have the following types of aggregate available for either pickup or delivery, so be sure to contact our team today at: 201-472-1031 if you’re in need of aggregate now.

•  3/8” Pea Gravel
•  3/8” Clean Stone
•  3/4” Crushed Stone
•  1 1/2” Crushed Stone
•  2-4” Crushed Stone
•  Mason Sand
•  Concrete Sand

Not familiar with aggregate? Recycled concrete, rock, brick & block can be used to create aggregate. Then, the aggregate is used to reinforce and strengthen composite material.

There are a variety of uses for construction aggregate such as:


•  French drains
•  Septic drain fields
•  Retaining wall drains
•  Road side edge drains

Base material for:

•  Foundations
•  Roads
•  Driveways
•  Railroads

From stabilizing something that has an unpredictable base to ensuring good drainage, get the right aggregate for the job.

Want to learn more about how it is used in construction? Or, curious about where it goes? Or maybe you want to know more about worldwide sales? Whatever it is you are curious about, we’ve written up some more information on it, so go ahead and check it out.

Anything else you’d like to know? Let us know and we’ll look it up for you.

How Aggregate is used in Construction

Aggregate Stone

The environmental and fiscal benefits of using aggregate in construction are no secret. Being able to repurpose recycled materials to lower costs and improve the overall quality of projects is a major advantage that construction aggregates offer to property owners and city planners alike. But how exactly do construction companies use aggregate? If you can’t think of the answer: Don’t worry. We’ve compiled a list that demonstrates that many ways that aggregate is used.

To Strengthen and Support

Construction workers turn to aggregate most often to strengthen and support various structures. Aggregate provides a strong, hard base for workers to build on top of. Its use as a foundation offers a strong yet flexible base for buildings, bridges, and dams. In roads and railway ballast, aggregates are used to resist the overall (static and dynamic) load as well as to distribute the load properly to the supporting ground.

To Drain Water

When used as a foundation, recycled aggregate also greatly improves drainage for buildings. Construction aggregate also allows water to better drain off of road surfaces. Aggregate is one of the main reasons why your vehicle doesn’t simply sink into the soil during wet spells. While water sticks closely to soil particles, it has a harder time holding on to the voids between aggregates so gravity takes over and allows the water to drain.

To Reduce Shrinkage and Cracking

When concrete is mixed, construction workers mix in more water than necessary with the dry components. This extra water results in a difference of moisture content which produces stresses that ultimately are relived when they crack the concrete structure. These are called “Shrinkage Cracks.” Since water doesn’t affect aggregates like it does soils, the use of construction aggregates keep structures from sustaining shrinkage cracks during dry spells.

Do you know any other uses for construction aggregate? Let us know in the comments below!

Where your Construction Aggregate Material goes

Crushed Stone Sales

Aggregate material is generally, gravel, sand, crushed concrete and recycled stone.
Some aggregates are mined, the ones produced by Westside Environmental are recycled from construction sites, building projects, and commercial businesses.

What Kinds of Projects Use Aggregate Material for Construction?

Construction & Demolition Waste

The major end markets for this recycled material are commercial construction, private home residential construction, and publicly-funded projects such as roads, bridges and other infrastructure improvements. Of these markets, public infrasture improvements require the most construction aggregate materials for repairing roads and building highways. Over 1.64 billion metric tons of these green materials were produced in just the first nine months of 2014. This is an increase of  8 percent compared to 2013. More construction sites recycle their materials during deconstruction then ever before. Many project managers use recycled aggregate to save money and go green.

Where to buy or remove Construction Aggregate

Westside Environmental

It’s great that you want to use recycled, environmentally friendly construction aggregate.
You can contact Westside Environmental to remove waste from your construction site, or you can purchase construction aggregate for your project. We offer both services.

Materials We Have Hauled

Disposal & Remediation
Petroleum Contaminated Soil
Non-Hazardous Contaminated Soil
Lead Contaminated Soil
PCB Window Caulking
Construction Waste
Demolition Waste
Non-Hazardous Waste
Vegatative Waste
Dry Industrial Waste (ID27)

Aggregates for Sale


Available for pickup or delivery

Hauling Capacity

We Use the Westside Environmental and Cardella Waste Green Fleet to haul any waste from your construction site. It’s cheaper, and better for the environment.

Disposal and Remediation in New Jersey and New York

Westside Environmental can clean and process many types of construction waste and contaminated soil. View the images below to get an idea of what we can handle. If you don’t see your type of waste in the list then call 201.472.1031. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have about waste, dumpster rentals, or our material recovery facility

Disposal and Remediation Materials

disposal of Contaminated Soil in New Jersey at a residential Site

Contaminated Soil in New Jersey at a residential Site

Non-Hazardous Contaminated Soil in New Jersey

Non-Hazardous Contaminated Soil

Lead Contaminated Soil

Lead Contaminated Soil

PCB Window Caulking

PCB Window Caulking

Construction Waste

Construction Waste

Demolition Waste

Demolition Waste

Non-Hazardous Waste

Non-Hazardous Waste

Vegetative Waste

Vegetative Waste

Got more questions?

Call Westside Environmental at 201.472.1031. Tell us about your situation and we will recommend an environmentally friendly way to handle your commercial, residential or industrial waste.


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How much Waste is sent to American Landfills?

We found a great infographic from the EPA  to help explain where waste goes when it is not recycled. Together, we can make a difference. Check out the infographic.

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World Construction Reports sees Aggregate Rising until 2017

Growing 5% Greener each year

According to a construction reports, (click here) worldwide demand for construction aggregate is set to rise more than 5% yearly through 2017. This has been attributed to the nations in Africa and Asia developing their infrastructure (click here). As more foreign direct investment pours into these regions, these nations industrialize. With this comes parks, roads, homes, apartments, outdoor furniture and more. Now, this may not be as cool as concrete bricks made from recycled landfill waste (click here). These nations know they can build up a growing economy with environmentally friendly construction aggregate(Download Free PDF).

concrete aggregate with recycled glass and other construction aggregate

Committed to the Concrete

These growing nations are responding to an economic and environmental crisis. Industrializing means growing consumer demands. This results in creating more products that do not decay(See Government Report). According to Robin L. Schroeder, the author of this government report, “the creation of nondecaying waste materials, combined with a growing consumer population, has resulted in a waste disposal crisis.” But there is hope, “One solution to this crisis lies in recycling waste into useful products.” Westside Environmental happens to agree.


Get Involved and Start Recycling

At your next project or build recommend you use and contribute to construction aggregate recycling. This can lead to tax breaks, LEED qualification, and a planet that can sustain everyone. Sound like a good deal? Then give us a call to see how easy it is to build and recycle. 201.472.1031

recycle for an environmentally friendly earth

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using aggregate in construction?

Benefits of Aggregate in Construction

This is a great question and one we hear a lot. When construction aggregate is used as a base for buildings or streets, this recycled material adds stability and improved drainage. It is also more environmentally friendly and requires less energy to make. One downside is if you are not using a reliable vendor which specializes in aggregate materials. This can increase the cost of using and sourcing it can add significantly to cost and time of the build project.

construction aggregate

How This Saves Money

Adding aggregate to a composite material like concrete can both lower the cost and increase the variety of applications for the product.  One small issue is that the overal strength of the material can be weakened when mixing. Using aggregate depends on what kind of project you have.  Keep in mind that aggregate is generally recycled and lowers costs. Using aggregate or recycling waste from your site can help you save green by going green.

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Toxic Sludge

Toxic Sludge, Beautiful Art

toxic sludge

This toxic sludge art was crafted by John Sabraw using the iron oxide collected from polluted rivers in Ohio as paint. Artist John Sabraw and environmental engineer Guy Riefler,  created the paints in a unique and peculiar way. They ground down dried sludge they collected from mines.

Because they collected in a low oxygen environment, Guy Riefler was able to control the rate of oxidation of their sludge, generating the incredible colors you see today.

Guy Riefler saw something unique and intriguing in the mine sludge.  “I was coming back from rivers with stained socks,” says Riefler. “Most pigments are iron-based anyway, and we thought that we could use this water to create paints.” He says “Iron is remarkably flexible,” and that “You can create a range of different colors: yellows, oranges, reds and blacks.”

These iron based pigments are safe to use and produce. There may be a business opportunity in cleaning up mine workings to make paint.

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