The World's Most Recycled Material: Asphalt

80% of the removed asphalt pavements is reused in future projects in the United States.
Loukia Papadopoulos

Did you know that in the U.S. alone, 80% of the asphalt pavement removed during road projects is reused for future projects? Of the nearly 100 million tons of it reclaimed or produced each year, 95% is eventually repurposed or reused in some way.

It's nice to hear that one of our most used materials is repurposed in such an efficient way. You might be wondering why asphalt is so often recycled considering it has such an abundant global supply.

It's because asphalt recycling utilizes many waste products that would typically be sent to the landfill taking large amounts of space and further polluting our environment. These materials consist of tire rubber, slags, glass, foundry sand, and even pig manure.

Asphalt recycling also drives the overall cost of road construction and repairs down significantly, providing a profit or savings potential of $30 to $80 per ton, depending on the combination of ingredients used in the process.

What other benefits does asphalt recycling offer? What does the process of asphalt recycling consist of? Is recycled asphalt just as good as the original product? We answer all these questions and more in our video.

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