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  • What size gravel should I use for pathways and drives?
  • What size gravel should I use for pathways and drives?

    The most common sizes we supply are 10mm and 20mm gravel. 10mm is usually best for pathways, as it is easy to walk on. The 20mm is best for drives, because the smaller 10mm gravel may get into the treads of car tyres.

  • How much gravel do I need to buy?
  • How much gravel do I need to buy?

    Gravel is calculated by volume. As a guide, 30 sq meters, to a depth of 25 mm (1 inch), will require 1 tonne of gravel.

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  • Does the price include delivery?



IBAA from the new EfW facility

We’re pleased to announce a new joint Venture with Raymond Brown Aggregates to exclusively market and distribute Incinerator Bottom Ash Aggregate (IBAA) from the new Energy From Waste (EfW) facility at Ardley, Oxfordshire.

Raymond Brown Aggregates secured a 15-year contract for incinerator bottom ash processing with Viridor earlier this year at the Ardley EfW facility which was constructed in Smiths’ old quarry, near to Junction 10 of the M40 and next to their current Dewars Farm operation. Raymond Brown is currently installing the new custom built plant which will process around 75,000 tonnes of IBA aggregate for Smiths to sell each year and the facility will be operational by the end of August 2014. The raw ash will be brought across to the recycling facility, where it will be ‘aged’, processed to remove ferrous and non ferrous metals and then graded to meet EN and Highways Agency Specifications.
IBAA is a sustainable and cost effective alternative to Type 1, which is otherwise imported into Oxfordshire from hard rock quarries in the Midlands and West Country. This secondary aggregate consists of fused clinker, ceramics, glass, stone and concrete. IBAA has been widely used in construction for nearly 20 years and over 7 million tonnes have been used to date in the UK in various construction applications.
Andrew Smith, Smiths Joint MD said: ‘We are very pleased to have formed this joint venture with Raymond Brown. We have a lot in common with them being a similar sized, privately owned company with strong family values. Not only that, to sell this sustainable recycled aggregate completes the circle of the  recycling process at the EFW which has to be good for all of us.

IBAA sales are expected to start in late Summer 2014