AN ANDOVER-based recycling business has joined forces with the UK’s largest quarry company Tarmac.

The Raymond Brown Minerals and Recycling (RBMR), based off the A303, is now home to another recycling process operated by Tarmac.

The product, a material known as FoamMaster, is made from 95 per cent recycled content and is a costeffective and environmentally- friendly alternative to traditional hot asphalt products used on roads.

Re-using road planings and being a cold mix process with bitumen emulsion, makes it a highly sustainable option.

The ability to store the product for up to 14 days is also an advantage.

RBMR currently processes more than 65,000 tonnes of construction and commercial waste from the county.

The company hopes to develop FoamMaster further to include incinerator bottom ash aggregate (IBAA), a material produced at another of its recycling operations.

IBAA is made from the ash of Hampshire’s energy from waste facilities and FoamMaster could add another significant outlet of the material.

Steve Cole, RBMR’s environmental and development director, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for both companies.

“As Tarmac looks to make FoamMaster as sustainable as possible, there is exciting potential to include IBAA.

“The partnership means both businesses are able to drive up recycling rates even further.”