THE GOVERNMENT must reclassify inert waste used in quarry restoration or the UK's stock of aggregates will dwindle, quarriers have claimed.
They called for the Government to class inert waste used to restore quarries as 'recovered' rather than 'disposed'.
If the Government does not cut the red tape facing quarriers which use waste material in restoration projects, says the Quarry Products Association, members will be unable to gain permission for mineral extraction work, putting as much as 30 million tonnes of primary aggregate at risk each year.
Nigel Jackson, QPA mineral planning committee chairman said: 'The future ability to extract minerals is at risk.
There must be recognition from Government that the use of inert waste for restoration is a recovery activity.'