Herrera threatens quarry seizures if they remain closed to construction dumping

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The Environment Minister has said he will use legal powers to stop private quarries from implementing a ban on construction companies dumping construction waste.

Mr Herrera explained that he would be authorized to seize control of the quarries, stating that their closure would have a detrimental impact on the construction industry.

The Minister added that to date, there are 10 quarries operation under a permit from the Environmental Resources Authority, but only a few of these were actually functioning. This had been determined through inspections to quarry sites.

This is in spite of a number of incentives which the government had implemented for owners of quarries to take the construction waste in exchange for a fixed fee.

‘It is necessary that the construction sector recognises that it should be the one responsible for this material, within the context of a free market. This will ensure that this material will no longer be considered as waste but a resource,’ Minister Herrera said.