Asphalt is the most recycled product in the United States with 80% being recycled — that’s more than aluminum cans, newspaper and plastic and glass beverage containers! Each year approximately 100 million tons of pavement material is reclaimed.
When asphalt roads are removed, the old asphalt is crushed and mixed with additional aggregate and asphalt cement, the binder, to form new asphalt which can be used to make shoulders or road base or to pave new roads or parking lots. That’s the circle of asphalt.
From the production of the material, to the placement of the pavement on the road, to rehabilitation through recycling —asphalt pavements minimize impact on the environment. Low consumption of energy for production and construction, low emission of greenhouse gases, and conservation of natural resources also help to make asphalt the sustainable choice for your pavement needs.
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