Resource use and the circular economy

Resource use and the circular economy

Our policy

We will conserve natural resources.

Our 2030 commitments

Our progress

Maximise use of recycled asphalt planings (RAP), Regen GGBS (ground granulated blastfurnace slag) and alternative fuels within our cement plants

RAP usage was 15.2% in 2022, up 1.3% and the second highest level (Hanson: 13.8%, its highest level; Midland Quarry Products: 18.8%).

Regen GGBS use within our concrete mixes was the highest it has been at 42.12% in 2022

Alternative fuel use within our cement plants increased from 45% in 2016 to 62% in 2022 the highest level; the biomass content in our alternative fuels also reached a new high, increasing from 14% in 2016 to 25% in 2022.

By-products or waste used as raw material in cement were at 10.4% in 2022.

A new commitment to develop formal targets for the use of recycled aggregates in ready-mixed concrete

An acquisition strategy has been implemented to grow our business in recycled aggregates and circular products, to conserve the use of natural resources and meet our 2030 commitments.

A fifth Hanson division has been created; Hanson Recycling which will have responsibility for implementation and development of the recycling strategy within the UK.

Reduce non-product site waste by 20% and waste to landfill by 50% from a 2018 baseline

Non-product site waste was up 9% from 0.23 kg/tonne in 2018 to 0.25 kg/tonne in 2022 (partly due to improved data recording), although general waste to landfill was down 55% since 2018 which makes up 5% of non-product site waste. 

Waste to landfill was down 9.6% from 0.065 kg/tonne in 2018 to 0.058 kg/tonne in 2022.

Conserving natural resources in action

A1 Services (Manchester)

A1 Services specialises in waste removal and recycling of soil, concrete hardcore and general waste from building, construction, and civil engineering projects.

The acquisition is the first step in our growth in this area: it will boost our presence in the key Manchester market and broaden our portfolio of recycled products.  The acquisition will allow Hanson to provide more recycled products into the local market and provide a source of RAP (recycled asphalt planings) for our asphalt business.


General waste to landfill


kg/ tonne














2022 0.014 632.94


Reduce total per tonne - no set value


Data by business line

Waste to landfill

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