Sustainability - Burlington Stone

Sustainability

In recent years more and more of the waste slate has been used to produce 'secondary products'. These include slate mulch for paths and gardens, water features, paving, lintels etc. and even the material from years ago is recycled to produce 'weathered' walling stone- a product which is very popular when repairing or matching of old walls is required. These initiatives have led to all the waste from one particular quarry being used.

The production processes use water from private reservoirs; this water is then recycled using a filter press and the clean water returned to the machines.

Water abstraction and water discharge consents from the various quarries are all monitored by the Environment Agency.

Waste oils and chemicals are stored on site for disposal / recycling by registered contractors.

Only treated timber is used for packaging. This applies especially in the case of products for export.

Two quarries have Waste Exemption licences enabling the importation of soils and sub-soils for landscaping work. This also involves the use of leaves obtained from the local authorities that sweep the Lakeland roads each year between October and January. This material is allowed to compost for two to three years before being used for landscaping.

Monitoring of Schemes of Working for the quarries is carried out by both the National Park and Cumbria County Council Minerals planners.