INCREASED Government legislation is hampering quarrier's ability to restore stone pits after mineral deposits are exhausted.
Quarry operators have complained that the combined effects of new legislation such as the Landfill Directive, Waste Framework Directive and waste licensing regulations means they are struggling to find suitable fill to help restore quarries.
And they slammed the Landfill Regulations, which currently apply costly Pollution Prevention and Control requirements to inert landfill materials.
Quarry Products Association planning executive Nienke Veldkamp said: 'We enthusiastically support the trend toward recycled aggregates but our members have lost significant volumes for restoration.They can ill afford to lose what can't be recycled because of regulations.'
And QPA chief executive Simon van der Byl claimed the use of inert waste when restoring quarries was essential.