Recycle Definitions for Portland Cement Concrete

Specification for Ready Mixed Concrete.


To extract and reuse especially to reprocess (recycle aluminum cans)

Recycled Aggregate Base

Aggregate that is produced from concrete rubble.

Recycled Portland Cement Concrete

Definition from the 2003 Construction Greenbook. See AB 574 insert.


To procure (usable substances) from refuse or waste products.

Reclaimed Water

Wastewater treated to improve its quality. Using reclaimed water is known as “water reuse”.

Reclaimed Aggregates

Aggregates that are extracted from PCC that is in a plastic (unhardened state).

Virgin Materials

Raw materials that have not be previously used in the production of a finished product.