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Title: Aggregate Extraction in Ontario: A Strategy for the Future

Authors: Matt Binstock and Maureen Carter-Whitney

Date: March 2011

Description: This paper assesses key issues and makes recommendations that Ontario should address in a long-term management strategy for the extraction of aggregates (sand, gravel and stone). Highlights include: The need for MNR to hire additional field inspectors to enforce the Aggregate Resources Act; The need to tighten requirements for the rehabilitation of former pits and quarries, and consider changes in how rehabilitation is funded; The need to increase the use of alternatives to aggregate in construction, such as recycled concrete and industrial by-products; and The need for more detailed data on how aggregates are transported and used to help decision-makers ensure the use of better practices and more effective demand management in the future.

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