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Importance of Sand Recognised

A recent study from the UNEP shows how important sand resources to global economic development.

Importance of Sand Recognised

A recent study from the UNEP shows how important sand resources are to global economic development.

The MPA, which represents the vast majority of the UK’s aggregate producers, have fully supported the UNEP sand and sustainability report. The UNEP acknowledges that sand resources – encompassing all primary aggregates including sand, gravel, and crushed rock – are extremely important for constructing developments and infrastructures, and that their stock cannot just be assumed.

The report from the UNEP states the United Kingdom as a model of good practice where aggregate extraction is tightly regulated and well managed, with having restoration schemes that deliver biodiversity improvement once quarrying has completed. That is in stark contrast to the way sand resources are extracted in many developing countries where sand, in particular, is removed from active geological systems such as rivers and beaches.

The report also calls for greater use of secondary aggregates which are by-products of other industrial processes, and recycled aggregates made from construction, demolition, and excavation waste. Another area which the United Kingdom are currently excelling at, with having almost up to 30% of UK aggregates demand being met from secondary or recycled sources.

Recognised as the main aggregate supplier in the Anglia and East Midlands regions, the Mick George Group supply 3-million tonnes of aggregates each year to the Construction Industries elite to facilitate many high-profile construction developments in the Groups’ operating areas.

 

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