Think Asphalt / Think Green
The environmental benefits of asphalt are so remarkable that it has now become one of the most important materials in constructing asphalt parking lots and home driveways. More than 80 percent - 73 million tons - of the reclaimed asphalt pavement removed each year is reused in pavement, according to the Federal Highway Administration. That's substantially higher than the percentages for recycled newspaper, glass, plastic, and aluminum cans and magazines.
Asphalt roads and driveways are removed, recrushed, mixed with additional aggregate and virgin asphalt cement, and placed back on the road. Also, asphalt can be made to perform better the second or even third time around.
Better yet, we even recycle products from other industries:
The asphalt industry not only recycles more of its own product than any other industry, it also is a leader in recycling products from other industries into pavements to create a better product:
Rubber from old tires — may improve resistance to cracking, abrasion, and fatigue.
Slag from the steel-making process — improves skid resistance and durability
Roofing shingles — contain a high percentage of asphalt and can readily be incorporated into hot mix asphalt
These everyday efforts conserve precious natural resources, minimize the impact of asphalt plant operations on the environment, and reduce reliance on landfills.
The environmental benefits of asphalt are so remarkable that it has now become one of the most important materials in constructing asphalt parking lots and driveways.
The Environmental benefits of asphalt driveway or parking lot can be summed up in four words: Recyclable. Biodegradable. Cost-effective and Clean. It's a win-win-win situation.