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Burford Gravel Pit an Award Winner

March 14, 2017 at 1:08 PM

Originally Published by the Brantford Expositor

PARIS - Lafarge Canada Inc.'s gravel pit west of Brantford has earned a property enhancement award from the Ontario Stone, Sand and Gravel Association for improving the operation's running and appearance.

The aggregate giant's Burford Pit along Highway 53 was one of 19 gravel and quarry operations across the province to be presented with the association's industry recognition awards this year.

Lafarge's presentation won the company top honours in the property enhancement category with improvements in the site's entrance, approach and perimeter screening, office and scale house areas, employee areas, plant appearance, environmental controls, truck and mobile equipment, and signage.

"We encourage our members to be sound stewards of the lands on which they operate, and to be engaged and valued members of their communities," said Norm Cheesman, the association's executive director.

"We are honoured to provide construction solutions that build better cities and this includes continually striving to ensure we are integrating ourselves well into the local community," said Xavier Guesnu, Lafarge's vice-president aggregates of Eastern Canada.

"It is important to us that our properties, and the enhancements we make to those properties, can be a source of pride for Lafarge."

The pit is about seven kilometers west of Brantford and immediately southwest of the Brantford  Airport. The 22-hectare (54.4-acre) site has been licensed for decades under the Aggregate Resources Act.

The property was originally owned by Artimissia Prout and at the time was divided into 22 subdivisions. A road running north and south, called Artimissia Road, divided the property.

Mixed Concrete Supply Ltd. bought the property in 1954 and obtained the road allowance that divided the property from the County of Brant.

Mixed Concrete later obtained permission to mine the entire property except for what was then known as a subdivision lot.

The Burford Pit was sold in June 1966 to Consolidated Sand and Gravel. The property was sold again to Standard Aggregates Ltd. and received formal licence in 1971. Lafarge acquired the property through the purchase of Standard Aggregates in 1992.

The pit previously won a progressive rehabilitation award in 2008.

Lafarge has been carrying out a property enhancement plan, which includes better perimeter screening of the pit with berms created throughout the boundary of the licensed area. According to the presentation, the berms have naturally growing vegetation on them, which act as visual and noise barriers for the surrounding community.

The parking lot area by the office and scale house has been fenced off to make it secure.

A fuel tank, within the fenced-off parking lot is kept secured with concrete blocks surrounding. The scales are cleaned regularly of any debris, and the areas around the scale are also kept clean.

Any scrap materials are stored in separate piles, which the presentation says are cleared of metal scraps and kept away from the product stockpiles to avoid any contamination

About half the site has a pond. The company drag lines to extract underwater reserves, the presentation says. The pond is kept clear from erosion of any material on the ground.

Berms have been installed all around the pond area to avoid any material running off into the water from the ground. Any other areas on site with water seepage are bermed to avoid ground erosion into the water.

Any scrap materials are stored in separate piles, which the presentation says are cleared of metal scraps and kept away from the product stockpiles to avoid any contamination

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