How Can Mining Become More Environmentally Sustainable?

The mining industry often uses a large number of resources such as soil, minerals and water in order to contribute to the economy. Mining can be damaging to the environment especially when using outdated technology. There’s a number of ways that mining companies are becoming more environmentally sustainable. 

Reducing Their output

Most types of mining will produce solid waste, particles that go into the air and polluted water. All of these items can lead to environmental contamination. Proper waste management plans are required in order to prevent the pollution of soil, air and water. Finding new ways to store waste and reduce waste is essential in mining. Proper waste disposal at a mine site can reduce environmental impact as well. Many companies are working to recycle and use more sustainable infrastructure to produce less waste at any site.

Making Mining More Efficient

Most mine sites require a large amount of water and land in order to operate. Many mining sites involve diverting surface water, pumping of groundwater and more. This changes aquatic ecosystems. Finding sustainable ways to mine without directing water, using less power on a mining site or choosing alternative energy sources can reduce the cost of commodities and the impact of mining on the environment. 

Material Extraction, Transportation and Detection Improvements

Improving the efficiency of material, maximizing extraction processes, finding better uses and recycling of products and more will lead to improvements. Many companies are using new detection technology and big data to reduce inefficiencies and transportation, extraction and material flow. Finding more efficient ways to cut down on time and labour can be crucial in a mining environment. 

Contact us today if you would like to learn more about improving your mining site and maximizing the efficiency of your mining operations. 

This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at For nearly a half a century, Becker Mining has been at the forefront of mining electrical companies. Becker/SMC is the industry’s leader in increasingly more sophisticated electrical control systems. Most of the major innovations, design features and specialized electrical components have been developed by Becker/SMC.

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