Caring for our environment
Rock Trade Industries is dedicated to the care of the environment. We are the only mining and extraction company in Australia currently working in collaboration with the Urban Development Institute of Australia to develop an EnviroDevelopment rating certification method for mining and extraction operations. We are also the proud winner of the Environmental and Sustainability Award, Lockyer Valley Regional Council Business, Training and Apprenticeship Awards 2017.
Rock Trade Industries has a number of policies and operational practices, including the introduction of habitat zones surrounding the quarry, designed to minimise the impact of commercial interests on the environment and the ecosystem within its precinct.
Our commitment to sustainable and environmentally-friendly operational practices have seen Rock Trade Industries redefine the way we utilise our resources. Thanks to innovations developed through our research and development program, 100% of all resources from our Waterfall Quarry are turned into products ensuring there is no waste.
Historically, sandstone mining and extraction practices have had a noticeable impact on vegetation and wildlife, with the land left in a state of disrepair that takes decades to revegetate. At Rock Trade Industries we believe this is not an adequate approach to land rehabilitation. Our policies and operational practices are designed to minimise the impact on our local environment.
These practical and innovative solutions for mitigating environmental harm combine with a vision to restore Waterfall Quarry to its original state by 2050. The Australian bush and landscape is precious. We can make a difference and leave a legacy for future generations safeguarding the world in which we live.
Energy Solutions of the Future
As part of our efforts to redefine operations at Waterfall Quarry, we have discovered a new way to rehabilitate land, turning scarred earth into a renewable energy source.
Sandstone at Waterfall Quarry is being cut to a process that will allow 13 energy cells to be established within the next 20 years.
Based on an innovation from Germany, the cells will be filled with waste and will have the capacity to produce enough energy to supply electricity to the grid and to power local residential areas.