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  Why minerals matter  

We tend to take minerals for granted – yet they play an essential role in our lives. Materials sourced from the UK’s quarries are around us every moment of every day and support us as we work, rest and play. 

The Mineral Products Association has more than 480 members who between them satisfy our need for aggregates (from land and sea), asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar, silica sand and slag. The industry is also heavily involved in the recycling of aggregates and secondary materials and is a major driver in the push for resource conservation and sustainable construction. Operators work hard in the areas of environmental protection and carbon reduction, and their land restoration is regarded as leading the world. Follow the links below to discover more about this fascinating industry.


We use around 200 million tonnes of aggregates every year, most of it for building
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