In recent weeks, we’ve talked about Philadelphia’s ambitious plans for using more porous paving in local streets as well as research from Toronto about the possibility of using asphalt pavement as an energy source.
Now comes an intriguing article by Forbes about Chicago’s Department of Transportation recycling roof shingles, used tires, and reclaimed pavement from other streets and utilizing the mix to pave the famous Michigan Avenue.
As described in the Forbes article, this was a bold move due to the challenge of working with the various materials, but the results have been very successful. The cited benefits of this mix are that it’s about 40% cheaper, the street is of higher quality, and it’s more noise absorbent than traditional pavement.
We here at APCON applaud these efforts and we look forward to seeing this mix of recycled products become more widespread.
As you well know, recycling is a prevalent, and easy-to-practice form of environmental stewardship. Use it, recycle it, and re-use it… it’s as simple as that.
In today’s world, recycling bins for cans and bottles can be found in virtually every public space, paper recycling is a common household process, and even CFL bulbs are recyclable.
But do you know what the most recycled material in America is, and has been since the early 1990s?
It’s none other than… Asphalt!
According to the National Asphalt Pavement Association, approximately 99 percent of asphalt is recycled here in the U.S., weighing in at a hefty 62 million tons in 2010.
These are some impressive numbers indeed, and Associated Paving Contractors is proud to have been recycling asphalt since the ’90s when the process was still a fairly new concept. Fortunately, many other paving contractors across the country have realized the environmental and cost benefits of recycling asphalt, and we hope that trend continues.
So the next time you drive down a road and look at the pavement, remember that you are part of one of the most successful recycling campaigns in history.