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As corporations continue to inquire about green products and services, it is vital we develop solutions that are not only effective but realistic for the average business owner to implement. At Lertiz & Busy Bee, we have adopted a proven practice that will not only lessen our impact on the environment, but increase your bottom line!

Full depth reclamation is a process in which old asphalt pavement is recycled and reused to help create a new surface. The way it works is quite simple: the old existing asphalt is pulverized and treated to create a solid, stable base.

You might be asking yourself: “Sounds great, but it’s probably more expensive, right?” Wrong! Unlike the conventional method, there is no need to make a trip to the landfill. We use 100% of the existing surface, allowing us to cut down on material costs and reduce project timelines.

Here is a simple breakdown of the four step process:

  • Pulverize – Using a special machine called a Reclaimer we pulverize the old asphalt and blend it with the rock base. It has been proven through the years that reclaiming old asphalt is a much more effective way to build a solid core base.
  • Treat – During the second phase of the process we treat the base with special additives such as lime or calcium chloride. Once treated, it is time for another round of pulverizing to help further compound the base.
  • Re-grade – The re-grading will allow us to shape and reform the base to better fit the contour of the roadway or parking lot.
  • Pave – Once the base is shaped and compacted it is time to start paving. This is the only step in the process that is similar to the conventional method. The asphalt used is a standard blend that would be used in any traditional pavement project.


Reclaiming asphalt is an age-old practice with a proven track record of not only cutting down material costs, but ensuring projects are completed in a timely fashion.

If you have any questions regarding full depth reclamation, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line. Remember: For all your commercial and residential paving needs, think Lertiz & Busy Bee!

We’ve written before on the topic of asphalt sustainability, asphalt is one of the most recycled products in the United States. This recycled material can then be used for future projects.

Recycled asphalt is often referred to as reclaimed asphalt pavement or RAP. The material is removed and reprocessed from pavements that are currently undergoing reconstruction or resurfacing. The material then either undergoes a cold milling process or a full depth removal and crushing.

Large scale organizations, such as the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) use reclaimed asphalt and recycled tear-off shingles in many of their projects. The organization estimates that in 2009 they saved $20 million on resurfacing projects in which recycled asphalt was used. In addition to the substantial cost-savings, the use of reclaimed and recycled materials decreased the amount of items headed to Missouri landfills.