The impermeability of recycled aggregate concrete (RAC) presents challenges for underground engineering, particularly concerning its larger pore. Combining crystalline admixture (CA) with waste glass powder (WGP) offers a feasible solution to enhance impermeability. To understand the collaborative mechanism of CA and WGP in improving RAC impermeability and establish an accurate mixture ratio, we conducted compressive strength tests and a series of permeability tests on WGP and CA modified recycled aggregate concrete (WRC). These tests involved different CA contents (0%, 1%, and 2%) and varying WGP replacement rates (0%, 10%, 20%, and 30%). Our findings indicated that when the WGP substitution rate exceeds 10%, the strength of the WRC decreases by approximately 23%. In contrast, the overall decline is about 5% when the CA content increases from 0% to 2%. Therefore, the WGP emerges as the primary factor influencing the compressive strength of WRC. Meanwhile, The WGP and CA play a major role in enhancing the short-term and long-term impermeability of WRC, respectively. Additionally, When the WGP substitution rate increases from 0% to 30% on same CA content, the RC increases by approximately 2%, indicating that elevated WGP content enhances the effectiveness of CA. Finally, the optimal combination to improve the impermeability of WRC is 10% WGP substitution and 1% CA content. Microscopic tests analyses show that under the influence of CA and WGP, C–S–H gel, C-A-S-H gel, and Ettringite are produced inside the WRC, effectively blocking pores and cracks, thus improving the specimen's impermeability. This research not only holds the potential to elevate impermeability but also offers a solution to the issue of waste glass accumulation, contributing to global sustainable development.

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