Asphalt is 100% recyclable, and existing asphalt pavement can be milled by machine or steer skid from driveways, roads, streets, and more, and refined as a by-product. Asphalt that is milled from these locations is called RAP, or reclaimed asphalt pavement. Since most paving contractors and homeowners do not have access to their own asphalt processing and screening facility, they often pay a hot mix plant a small fee to take it off their hands. Once it is processed and screened at the hot mix plant, it is turned into recycled asphalt hot mix. This recycled asphalt is also 100% recyclable, and provides several benefits to us and our environment.
Continue reading to learn more about the various advantages of asphalt recycling.
Good for the Environment
Recycling asphalt is highly beneficial first and foremost to our surrounding Eco-system, as well as, our environment as a whole. Not only does it significantly reduce the need for new mining and quarrying, it also reduces our consumption of scarce natural resources, like oil and aggregate material.
The price of recycled asphalt is significantly less compared to that of new asphalt. You can expect a savings of anywhere from 30 to 80 dollars per ton of asphalt mix. This is a great solution for municipal budget conflicts, labor costs and wages, and more. Recycled asphalt also helps paving contractors by eliminating disposal costs, increasing profitability, reducing the need for a hot mix plant, a allowing the ability to produce virgin asphalt and asphalt material all day long.
Strength and Longevity
Recycled asphalt is very durable and can last for many years if properly graded and maintained, and contains sufficient asphalt content. It must also be correctly recycled to achieve these credentials. This means it has to be properly mixed at the plant and never overheated during the recycling process. You can expect recycled asphalt hot mix to last up to 15 years or more, depending on the region you live.
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