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Resource conservation and minerals

Resource conservation is a priority area for the minerals industry – not least in the drive to minimise the use of water and energy.  Water is often recycled through production plants and returned after settling and filtration. Particular effort is made to find uses for all quarry materials and to maximise resource efficiency.

Britain also leads Europe in the race to recycle, with recycled and secondary materials now accounting for nearly 30% of the aggregates market.

Recycled materials used in aggregates markets include construction and demolition waste and materials such as steels slags and china clay waste derived from other extractive and production industries.

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