Green code for aggregates industry

The aggregates industry has joined the chemical industry in setting up a mandatory code of environmental practice. The new code, drawn up by the British Aggregate Construction Materials Industries (BACMI), obliges members to establish environmental management systems and to report publicly on the results of site audits. But it has been criticised for not attempting to constrain the forecast increase in new quarries.

The code was drawn up by BACMI following last summer's head-on clash with conservation groups over official forecasts that national demand for aggregates would virtually double within 20 years (ENDS Report 196, pp 14-16). The Council for the Rural Protection of England (CPRE) and others were quick to highlight the damage this would cause to the countryside.

The Department of the Environment (DoE) has since been attempting to reconcile the

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