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Councils urged to use aggregates to combat snow and ice

The British Aggregates Association is advising councils to use aggregates to treat roads and pavements during the big freeze.

Fine quarry aggregates were used before salt became more commonplace, and are being turned to once again during the cold snap that has now gripped the UK for almost a month.

BAA director Robert Durward said: “Spreading quarry grit will prevent accidents and reduce pressure on the remaining stocks of salt.

“It is also possible to use farm machinery to spread the grit, meaning that many more roads and pavements can be treated than would otherwise be possible.”

He added: “Quarry grit has no adverse effect on the environment and can be recycled once the ice and snow have melted.”