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Recycled aggregates and possible areas of application e.g. as roadbase

Potential use of recycled aggregates

Based on the specifications of the German Secondary Aggregate Directive (EBV) and the regulations of the Road and Transportation Research Association (FGSV), the possible applications for recycled construction materials are summarised on this page. The tables show the areas of application of recycled aggregates in the form of a traffic light system for the material classes RC-1, RC-2 and RC-3 defined according to the EBV. A distinction is made between five cases depending on the local conditions.

Additional information regarding the application tables:

  • The use of recycled aggregates in water protection areas of zone WSG I and II is not allowed.
  • The use of recycled aggregates in areas where the groundwater cover layer consist of gravel or coarse-grained material is not permitted; in this case, an artificial cover layer may be produced with the approval of the authorities.
  • There are no requirements in regard to a minimum project volume.
  • When complying with the terms and conditions from the Secondary Aggregate Directive the use of recycled aggregates does not require permission under German water law.
  • Outside of water protection zones (WSG and HSG), authorities must be notified when using RC-3 in volumes exceeding 250 m³; in all other cases, the use must be documented.
  • Within water protection zone, recycled aggregates, like most secondary aggregates, are subject to a notification obligation, regardless of quantity and material class.
  • Version 01.2024

Practical assistance: MEB Services!

Detailed background knowledge on the terms and conditions mentioned in the tables can be found in the MEB Handbook on Secondary Aggregates. It is available online or as printed version under this link. In addition, we offer individual assistance on our MEB Services website when it comes to the planning and execution of your construction project. On our themed page you will find, among other things, our documentation assistant including templates as well as direct help from our sales partners.

Coming soon: our app for recycled aggregates

The possible uses of secondary aggregates can be quickly and easily checked using our MEB app. We will soon be offering this tool for both iOS and Android. We will inform you about this in our German newsletter MEB update. Please register here if you are interested.