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Quarries slam 'window dressing' waste scheme

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QUARRIERS have blasted a government-funded scheme to help promote the use of alternative aggregates in Scotland.

The Waste and Resources Action Programme, which is subsidised through a £1 million cash injection from the proceeds of the aggregates levy, aims to encourage the use of secondary and recycled aggregates north of the border.

But quarry owners branded the scheme 'cynical window dressing' and claimed the £1 million represented less than 2 per cent of the levy fund contributed by Scottish industry.

British Aggregates Association director Bob Durward said:

'Scotland's quarries contribute well over £40 million to the aggregate tax coffers. This is nothing more than window dressing to divert attention from this legalised theft.'