55 Industrial Street
Minimizing Our Impact on Local Communities
St Marys follows strict procedures for minimizing the impact of operations on
neighbouring residents and communities:
- We follow Best Management Practices to reduce any noise and vibrations created by
aggregate extraction, specifically from blasting and the operation of industrial
- We water unpaved roads and sweep paved roads regularly at our facilities to control
and reduce the spread of dust.
- We have a trucking policy that includes rules regarding local speed limits, not arriving
before operational hours, obeying all road signage and keeping vehicles in good
- Careful groundwater monitoring procedures are followed at all quarry and pit sites.
- Tree screens around our sites reduce dust and noise, while berms (earthen
embankments) ornamented with shrubs and decorative stones shield pit operations
from adjacent roads.
- St Marys follows the "3 Rs" principle (reduce, reuse, recycle) in the handling of solid
waste. This covers all solid wastes generated from and processed at all sites and
offices, including scrap metals, recycling of waste asphalt and concrete, waste from
office equipment and paper biosolids.
- We provide employees with the training to set high standards and achieve
continuous improvement in environmental performance.
St Marys has earned the respect of people living close to our operations through open
communication and consultation, and by acting immediately on any community issues
that arise. Often community feedback has led us to become better operators. For
example, at our Aberfoyle McNally Pit, noise concerns resulted in our replacing beeping
reverse lights on aggregate loaders with silent strobe lights.
We are proud of our environmental record and remain committed to partnering with local
residents to develop strategies aimed at protecting the environment. Over the past four
years, St Marys has received 25 awards for rehabilitation and environmental
achievement from the Ontario Stone, Sand and Gravel Association.