THESE striking pictures show the scale of work at a Herefordshire quarry.

They were taken at Hereford Quarries' new 10-acre site at Lugg Bridge, near Hereford.

Established in 2015, the Hereford Quarries operation began processing construction and demolition waste, crushing it, and turning it into a basic run of sub-base material that was used as part of the foundations of new building work.

One year into its operation, Hereford Quarries partnered with CDE, which was commissioned to provide a bespoke solution to recover quality-assured construction aggregates that comply with European specifications.

In doing so it diverts significantly more material than that which would otherwise have gone to landfill, reducing the need for freshly quarried stone, which has a significant environmental benefit.

Commercial manager David Ambrose said: “The new CDE wash plant is adding significant commercial and technical value to our operations.

"We are annually diverting 120,000 tonnes of construction and demolition waste from landfill.

"We are processing 100 per cent of material that comes into the site and converting it into saleable product producing washed and graded recycled sand and aggregates.

"Most aggregates available in the local market are imported and carry a high carbon footprint.

"Hereford Quarries is responding to the demand for primary aggregates with a locally sourced, high-quality, recycled product.”

David Kinloch, regional manager UK and Ireland at CDE, said, “Since its commissioning in 2016, the cutting-edge wet processing plant at Hereford Quarries’ Lugg Bridge site has, in a short period of time, fundamentally revolutionised its recycled aggregates operation and has put the company at the forefront of championing sustainability throughout Herefordshire.

"The recycled aggregates producer is maximising resources and profitability while minimising environmental impact.”

Hereford Quarries is a sister company of the Wye Valley Group, which has interests in demolition, construction, skip hire, scrap metal and hazardous waste handling.