Asphalt RecyclingTuesday, February 26, 2019
Asphalt is created by combining a bitumen (a binding material) with an aggregate (rocks, stone, or sand). There are many things that these ingredients can be combined with to make different kinds of asphalt. For instance, if you combine the aggregate with recycled tires, it will create a rubberized asphalt. They are combined with extremely high heat in order to meet the elements down. These materials are easy to recycle because they can be melted down and remixed. As a matter of fact, asphalt is the most recycled material in the United States because it is made of 100% recyclable materials.
Recycling is always a good habit to get involved in. In 2002, the Federal Highway Administration created a policy stating that asphalt will be recycled and reused any time it is possible. It has made a pretty big impact on the environment, considering nearly 65 million tons of asphalt are produced every single year. Each time asphalt is recycled it requires fewer materials to make it useable for a new project. Using old materials also means that less asphalt will end up in landfills all over the world.
As if creating a better environment wasn’t enough of a reason, it also costs less to use recycled asphalt. The ingredients that asphalt is made with can be quite pricey. Recycling and reusing the materials that already exist will significantly decrease the cost of your current project. Some worry about whether recycled asphalt has the same integrity as new asphalt, but there is no need to worry over this – it holds the same quality! It has simply just been melted back down to make it a solid new piece again.