Asphalt Recycling FAQ

Grand Rapids Asphalt Replacement

Did you know that using reclaimed asphalt can help you save money and is just as durable as brand new asphalt? Since we are an asphalt recycling company, we get a lot of questions about how the process works. If you are interested in learning more, we suggest you read through our list of frequently asked questions so you can make an informed decision when hiring a contractor to pave asphalt parking lots or driveways. If you’ve ever wondered how to reuse old asphalt, this is the blog post for you.

Can asphalt be recycled?

Yes, asphalt can be 100% recycled.

What is RAP?

RAP stands for “recycled asphalt product” and is made out of asphalt millings or chunks. Any asphalt that has been removed can be recycled and used as RAP.

What are the financial benefits of asphalt recycling?

Recycled asphalt pavement is less expensive than paying for new paving materials. The average cost to recycle asphalt is $18 per ton. However, to buy asphalt brand new would cost you approximately $78 per ton. Since the price of asphalt fluctuates, these numbers are subject to change depending on your region. However, this helps you get a general idea of how much you could save with recycled asphalt.

How does asphalt recycling benefit the environment?

When you recycle old pavement, you are putting less strain on scarce natural resources. While asphalt by itself is not beneficial to the environment, recycling asphalt materials significantly cuts down on waste. Recycling asphalt pavement also reduces carbon emissions caused by mining, quarrying, and oil consumption.

What is the life expectancy of recycled asphalt?

The life expectancy of recycled asphalt is the same as virgin asphalt. Given proper maintenance, there’s no reason why your recycled asphalt pavement shouldn’t last you 20 years before needing to be replaced.

Is recycled asphalt durable?

Yes, if recycled asphalt has been properly installed, it will be as durable as virgin asphalt.

How do asphalt contractors dispose of recycled asphalt?

Most asphalt contractors don’t own asphalt recycling facilities. However, they will take your old asphalt to a hot mix plant to be recycled for a fee.

How is asphalt recycled?

The asphalt recycling process starts with loading asphalt millings and large broken pieces of asphalt into the asphalt recycler. The materials are then tumbled for about 20 minutes at a temperature of 300 degrees Fahrenheit until they reach the consistency needed for repaving. Asphalt recycling centers will crush asphalt remnants until they reach the right consistency. The recycled asphalt is then mixed with virgin materials.

How much asphalt is reused in the U.S. each year?

The Federal Highway Administration reports approximately 75 million tons of recycled asphalt are used each year, making it the most recycled material in the United States. This also means that asphalt recycling keeps 75 million tons of asphalt out of our landfills.

A-1 Asphalt Inc. is a Grand Rapids asphalt recycling company dedicated to helping you with sustainable pavement projects. If you are interested in our asphalt milling or asphalt recycling services, give us a call at (800) 871-4401.