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0 to 4mm Sharp Sand

Sharp sand, also known grit sand or concrete sand, is the largest size of sand available at the Brewster Brothers recycling plant.

Applications & uses

Sharp sand is used for its gritty properties. The rough texture and angular shape of sharp sand helps it to bind well with other ingredients, making it an ideal component in concrete production or for laying slabs and mono bricks.

Our sand meets the Series 500 Specification for Highway Works. This standard covers materials that are intended to be used for drainage or service ducts.


Specification for Highway WorksBritish Standards
Series 500BS EN 13242
BS EN 12620


Brewster Brothers are the first aggregates producer in the UK to achieve an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for recycled aggregates. This has been independently verified by BRE Group. The impact of our EPD on our customers and the main contractors in their supply chains is that you now have access to accurate and transparent environmental impact data for your sustainability reporting.

Using the results from the EPD, we can provide you with accurate carbon savings for using our recycled aggregates versus the average for both virgin and other recycled aggregates according to the UK Government’s indices. Use our brand new Carbon Calculator to find out about the carbon you could save using our products.  

Brewster Brothers EPD
Sharp Sand

How do we separate and produce our sharp sand?

  1. Step One:
    Waste from construction and demolition sites is fed into our state-of-the-art wash plant.
  2. Step Two:
    All oversized objects (anything more than 100mm) are removed.
  3. Step Three:
    Any metals that weren’t removed during the primary screening are extracted using a large magnet.
  4. Step Four:
    As the waste moves through the plant, it is washed and screened to separate it into the different types and sizes of aggregates.
  5. Step Five:
    Anything below 4mm is sent through to the sand plant where the hydrocyclones use centrifugal force to separate out the two types of sand.
  6. Step Six:
    At this point the sand is segregated based on its density and cut to produce 0-4mm sharp and 0-2mm soft sand. The two types of sand are then fed into their respective stockpiles.

Where does it come from?

Sharp sand can be found within the construction and demolition waste that is processed at our recycling plant. We are a circular business, recovering and regenerating waste to minimize the impact on the environment. Regenerating waste from the construction, demolition and excavation industries allows us to extract the maximum value from the aggregates which keeps them in circulation for as long as possible. Virgin aggregates like sand are in limited supply, which is no surprise because they’re core building resources. Using recycled aggregates reduces the demand for these finite resources benefiting the environment. The linear take, make, dispose model isn’t sustainable and has already had a serious impact on the environment.