I was in our Toronto office on November 22, 2012, when I saw the headline in that day’s Globe and Mail: “Quarry killed by a wide coalition of foes”. The article went on to describe how a coalition of farmers, urban foodies, artists, environmentalists, First Nation communities and otherwise just regular folks organized to stop what would have been the largest quarry in Canada in its tracks. I have to admit I was a bit conflicted in my initial reaction.
On one hand I thought of this as another case of NIMBY, or Not In My Backyard. The fact is that we (society) need to develop sources of aggregate, materials like sand, gravel and stone. The buildings we live and work in and the roads we drive on would not exist without aggregate. As good sources of gravel are depleted, we must develop new ones. Unfortunately this means that farmland is lost, river banks dug into and mountain-sides mined.
On the other hand I had a sense of “wow”. Here is a group of average people who are aware of the fact that aggregate is a non-renewable resource. It simply doesn’t grow back. And that we need to conserve its use, not only to protect the land but to minimize the significant damage done to other aspects of our environment through processing and transporting.
The “wow” came because this is the message we have been promoting at Nilex for years. We already have the technology to minimize or eliminate the need to use natural aggregate in road, erosion control, drainage and other construction activities.
Added to the environmental benefits are the economic savings realized in gravel reduction and the technical surety Nilex provides through our in-house technical and engineering expertise. I hope you will agree there is a very real opportunity for maximizing the value of the aggregate we use while minimizing the environmental disruption we create.
November 22, 2012, should be a wake-up call to all of us in the construction industry. People are demanding more.
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President & CEO, Nilex Inc.