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Aggies Euro standards come into force today

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CONTRACTORS, quarriers and aggregate producers must supply material that complies with new European Standards as of today.

Any producer supplying aggregates under the old British Standards from now on faces the wrath of the Eurocrats.

Existing British Standards for stone and aggregates used on site have been withdrawn as of today, July 1, under the Construction Products Directive and only those sporting the European standard prefix EN will be allowed.

Most of the industry has been using the new standards since the turn of the year but today sees the deadline for the end of the co-existence period of the British and European Standards.

The main differences between the two include changes in terminology, new regulations for strength and durability and the use of recycled and secondary aggregates in higher-value areas.

Industry body the Quarry Products Association has been encouraging its members to use the new terminology and specify material under the Eurocodes for aggregates since July last year but the sector is taking its time getting used to the changes.

Recycling body the Waste and Resources Action Programme has brought the website for its construction aggregate specialist arm AggRegain up to date and aggregate producer Tarmac spent £100,000 kitting its team out with new sieves for grading stone under the new regulations.