Did you know that asphalt is the most recycled material on Earth? Asphalt can be used for many things, from paving highways to shingling roofs, and when it’s time to update these projects, the asphalt can be recycled and used for other things! We all know how important recycling is, but did you know how beneficial recycling asphalt can be?
Asphalt is a 100% renewable construction resource with a completely circular life cycle. When recycling prevents 2.4 million metric tons of CO2e from entering the atmosphere– that leads to up to a 61% reduction of greenhouse gasses! Recycling asphalt also prevents 11 tons of waste from entering landfills each year. Along with being environmentally friendly, recycled asphalt can save American taxpayers more than $1.8 billion since it cuts costs to pave highways from scratch. Who doesn’t like lower taxes?
Asphalt recycling programs are popping up all over the country to provide more sustainable construction habits. With asphalt demands rising in the US, more asphalt is being used making asphalt recycling more important than ever. With the economic prosperity asphalt recycling can cause with an increase in jobs and decrease in reliance on foreign oil sources, as well as the environmental benefits, it is more important than ever to start taking it more seriously.