Nelson Aggregate Co. is committed to balancing the protection of the environment. We recognize that long term sustainability of our industry requires conservation of resources and management practices that minimize impacts on the environment for the benefit of future generations. All employees are responsible for including in their work, the actions necessary to achieve this commitment.
We will adhere to the following principles:
For more than two decades, Nelson Aggregate Co. has been recycling used concrete & asphalt building materials. These clean but used materials mainly come from roads, sidewalks, or building structures that have been repaired or replaced. Recycled materials are crushed and blended to produce new granular road-base materials. Our recycling efforts have diverted thousands of metric tons of materials from taking up valuable space in municipal landfills and help to extend a valuable natural resource.
Used building materials are brought into the quarry and are stored in stockpiles until they can be crushed. The incoming materials are closely monitored to ensure they consist of only approved, recyclable materials. The following types of specified materials may be brought in for recycling:
Nelson Aggregate Co. is committed to conducting its business in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. In accordance with site plans; waste rock, overburden topsoil and any MOE approved clean fill, will be used to develop suitable safe slope angles for rehabilitation of the quarry or pit face.
Progressive and final rehabilitation are legislative requirements under the Aggregate Resources Act. Rehabilitation cannot be left until the site is depleted and must proceed as stated in the License Site Plan. Nelson Aggregate takes many steps to rehabilitate an area. Fill is applied to remove the steep cliffs for the safety of both people and animals. Earth is brought in to provide areas for foliage. Trees and shrubs are planted and waterways created to create natural self-sustaining ecosystems for plants and animals. Many of these areas then become park land or animal reserves which help sustain the environment.
A significant portion of the Burlington Quarry has already been rehabilitated. Rehabilitation can create new natural heritage resources including forests, lakes, and wetlands. A terrific example of a successful mining operation that has completed its operation and is now fully rehabilitated is Kerncliff Park.
Kerncliff Park was once an active quarry which provided aggregate for the early development of Burlington and Hamilton. Nelson Aggregate assisted in the development of Kerncliff Park which is now part of the Burlington parks system.
The park features hiking trails with access to the Bruce Trail, boardwalks across wetland areas, a tall grass prairie garden and a scenic lookout with breath taking views over Burlington & Lake Ontario. One of the features of the park is the quarry faces which provide habitat for the cliff swallows and a variety of tree and shrub species. The unique natural environment of the rehabilitated quarry has become home to nine nationally and provincially rare plant species. In October 2005, the Aggregate Producers Association of Ontario Awarded the City of Burlington their prestigious Bronze Plaque Award for outstanding rehabilitation efforts.