Quality Recycling Solutions

We believe that using recycled materials in reinstatement makes great business sense as well as protecting the environment. Our ultimate aim is to achieve 100% recycled materials in all our operations.

SQS group company QRS (Quality Recycling Solutions Ltd) takes the waste materials from excavations and recycles them into fully certificated surround to apparatus, backfill, subbase and base materials.

Recycling spoil is not only financially beneficial but also reduces the project carbon footprint and drastically cuts the amount of waste to landfill.

SQS already recycles nearly all of its trench arising through QRS. Established in 2007 the QRS recycling facility produces a range of eco-friendly materials, including our unique Backfill and EcoSurround products. These products have to meet stringent quality and performance criteria.


We produce a number of recycled backfill materials, from a Class A Graded Granular to a fully compliant Type 1 Granular Sub Base produced in accordance with Clause 803 of the SHW Series 800.

SQS supports the use of their recycled materials with a bespoke training package delivered free of charge to clients and third party contractors. In addition to the permanent facility at Scratchwood, a mobile recycling machine can produce backfill at our other depots.


EcoSurround is a by-product of our Backfill production and allows us to recycle even more of our waste. This is a surround to apparatus made in accordance with the New Road and Street Works Act 1991, Specification for the Reinstatement of Openings Highways.

EcoSurround is used in replacement of sand, shingle etc and is currently being used on most of our contracts.