Over the years, the asphalt pavement industry has been constantly innovating ways to make its products more environmentally friendly — from reclaiming old asphalt pavements and rejuvenating their component parts for use in new pavements to the incorporation of recycled materials to the adoption of energy-saving warm-mix asphalt technologies.
Asphalt’s status as a highly sustainable product is not only on account of the fact that it can be reused over and over, but also because it utilizes many waste products that would typically be sent to the landfill. Tire rubber, slags, foundry sand, glass, and even pig manure are incorporated in the asphalt mixture saving hundreds of acres of landfill space. The good news is that Recycled Asphalt Pavements (RAP) are said to match the quality of those made from new materials and are sometimes of a higher grade.
The cost benefits of asphalt recycling are projected to provide a profit or savings potential of $30 to $80/ton. Naturally, product quality will depend on the combination of ingredients used in the recycling and production process.
In order to boost your environmental responsiveness, and maintain attractive and safe paved surfaces, choose a reliable asphalt paving company, like Paving in Oregon.