Top award for Gallstown quarry
KILSARAN International have been awarded the top prize as National Winner at the Irish Concrete Federation Sustainable Quarry Awards for their Gallstown Quarry.
The company were double winners at the event.
The Gallstown quarry was given the citation ‘Outstanding Achievement in Comprehensive Environmental Management of a Large Integrated Extractive Operation’.
Their quarry at Ballinascorney in South County Dublin, meanwhile, won the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Overall Quarry Sustainability’ at the ceremony.
Speaking after the event Kilsaran’s Operations Director, Derry McKeown, said: ‘ We’re delighted to be recognised by our Industry with these National Awards. The quarrying sector, through the work of Irish Concrete Federation is now more than ever aware of its responsibilities to the environment and the sustainable use of natural resources.
Gallstown Quarry, which is owned and operated by Kilsaran, is located 6 miles north of Drogheda.
This large modern quarry produces a wide range of aggregates, concrete products, asphalt and macadam, hardcore and fill materials.
A pioneering approach to production helps maximise the full potential of the rock being quarried at Gallstown in line with the principals of sustainable development.
At Gallstown the winner uses quarry dust and lower quality screenings to produce high value manufactured sand by using specialised crushing, washing and screening technology.
In the past these materials were low value bi-products of quarrying. The new product is now used on-site in the manufacture of high quality readymixed concrete and blocks.
As with all of Kilsaran’s quarries Gallstown operates under a comprehensive environmental management system where aspects such as energy use, emissions and use of natural resources are monitored and managed in a sustainable way.
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The winning Gallstown crew