Can Asphalt be Recycled? My Pavement Guy Answers Frequently Asked Questions

Not only can asphalt be recycled, but it is America’s most recycled and reused material, with about 70 million tons of asphalt pavement material being reclaimed! In fact, asphalt is being recycled and reused at a rate over 99 percent, which is amazing, especially when you consider that 94% of the paved roads in America are surfaced with asphalt.

A study conducted by the National Asphalt Pavement Association – titled Asphalt Pavement Mix Production Survey: 2009-2010 (NAPA Information Series 138) – examined the use of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), recycled asphalt shingles (RAS), and warm-mix asphalt (WMA) between 2009 and 2010. The report found that RAP, RAS, and WMA…

  1. Conserve raw materials
  2. Conserve energy
  3. Cut emissions from production and paving operations
  4. Improve conditions for workers

To view/download the full report Asphalt Pavement Mix Production Survey: 2009-2010, click here.

More Facts about Asphalt and the Environment

  • Between 1960 and 1999, while production of asphalt pavement material increased by 250 percent, total emissions from our operations decreased by 97%.
  • Asphalt is an environmentally sustainable pavement.
  • Once constructed, asphalt pavements have minimal impact on the environment. Studies show that asphalt pavements and stockpiles of reclaimed asphalt pavement do not leach.
  • Asphalt and the processes used to produce asphalt are green.
  • Asphalt pavements require about 20 percent less energy to produce and construct than other pavements.
  • Porous asphalt pavements offer a tool for storm water management with both environmental and economic benefits.
  • Warm-mix asphalt reduces fuel consumption, cuts greenhouse gas emissions, and enhances the quality of pavement.
  • Porous asphalt pavements have been shown to lower nighttime surface temperatures as compared to impervious pavements.
  • Asphalt pavements are faster to construct and rehabilitate.

If you have any further questions about Recycled Asphalt or if you have a project that you need completed, then contact PTG Enterprises aka My Pavement Guy today by calling 410-636-8777 or click here today! The asphalt experts here have managed hundreds of Maryland, DC, and Virginia pavement projects and have the experience you need.

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