Extracting minerals and managing waste requires sensitive planning from the initial prospecting stage to the ultimate restoration and after-use of each site.


Minerals are the raw materials needed to supply the construction and manufacturing industries and provide fuel for the world's energy requirements. A consumer-led society needs careful waste disposal and management.

Together with practical management during the operational phase, extracting minerals and managing waste also requires negotiation and consultation with landowners, the general public and other professionals, including planners, environmental specialists, lawyers and accountants.

Recently, the industry has seen an increase in legislation, relating to professional due diligence, insurance, investment and in all sectors of risk management from subsidence to gas emission.

Many professionals in this specialist field are becoming involved in the planning processes and the promotional activities for major environmentally-sensitive development schemes.

Important note

You must use this guide in conjunction with the core APC documentation, which consists of:

  • APC Requirements and competencies guide
  • APC Candidate guide
  • APC Counsellor guide 

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