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Asphalt is the Green Sustainable Choice

Asphalt is 100% Recyclable

Asphalt is North America’s most recycled material, more than aluminum, paper or plastic. Four out of every five tonnes of asphalt pavement removed for widening and resurfacing projects are reused. Reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) greatly reduces the amount of virgin asphalt cement needed to construct new roadways.  Asphalt is easily recyclable because little additional energy is required to recapture the raw materials.  When we pave with asphalt, we put aggregate and asphalt cement resources in “the bank” to be used by future generations.
Click here to learn more about Asphalt’s Carbon Footprint and How it Stacks Up.
Click here to learn more about Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement.


Environmental Applications

Asphalt pavements do not leach toxins.  Drinking water reservoirs are often lined with asphalt and asphalt cement is used to line water pipes that supply potable municipal water.  Landfills are frequently lined and capped with asphalt and some natural resource and wildlife agencies use asphalt pavement to line fish ponds.
Click here to learn more about Cleaner Water with Asphalt Pavements.