Reducing the impacts of quarrying

  • To reduce lasting visual pollution, landscaping and tree planting could take place when the quarry is exhausted. Screens could also be set up around working quarries.
  • Restrictions on the size of quarries and working hours could cut down on visual and noise pollution.
  • Rail could be used to transport the quarried rock where possible.
  • Disused quarries could be used as car parks.
  • Flooded quarries can be used for water sports for the benefit of tourists and the local economy.
  • Nature reserves and conservation areas can be reinstated in the landscape when a quarry is exhausted.