submitted a 'new deal' to environment and treasury ministers in which companies promise to invest in recycling building rubble and to limit the impact of quarrying.
Roy Harrison, chief executive of Tarmac and deputy chairman of the Quarry Products Association, said: 'There will be a real gain from reducing the environmental impact of quarrying'.
He said a tax would not have the effect of reducing the amount of aggregates dug out of the ground because its impact would be minor compared to the cost of construction. 'The environment will be the loser if we have a tax', he said. 'Even at£3 a tonne tax would not be
The 30-point programme includes a commitment to quality standards, environmental training for staff, energy-reduction targets and low-sulphur fuels for transport fleets. The quarrying companies also promise to set up a sustainability foundation which would be
funded by a voluntary 10p per tonne tax.