DETR considers measures to boost recycled aggregates

The Government is considering new measures to promote recycling of mineral and construction waste because a target for the use of secondary materials as aggregates appears to have been met four years early. Some quarrying firms are now developing sizeable secondary materials businesses - but market barriers still exist, and the UK remains well behind some other EC countries.

In 1994, targets to increase the use of secondary materials as aggregates in England from 32 million tonnes in 1992 to 40 million in 2001 and 55 million by 2006 were set in a planning guidance note on aggregates provision, MPG6 (ENDS Report 231, pp 40-41 ). The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regi

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