The Importance of Asphalt Recycling

Grand Rapids Asphalt Paving

Everyday people are on the roads commuting back and forth from their daily routines. Imagine if we still drove on dirt roads, or even brick, would we reach our destination safely? Or would it be a pain? Asphalt is a key part of our everyday lives whether we know it or not. Without it we would probably have a higher chance of crashing, especially during the winter months. In order to make sure asphalt is used appropriately we need to recycle it so that we can re-use the raw material and preserve the environment.  Asphalt recycling is extremely important and more asphalt companies need to know why it’s important to recycle.

The importance of recycling grows more intensively as the world is approaching closer to global warming concerns. Recycling is a necessary action that needs to be performed so that we can return to nature its resources in the most sufficient way possible. When you recycle natural resources can be reformed and re-used by the consumer.

Asphalt pavement has recently been heavily recycled and is commonly crushed and recycled back into asphalt by using a hot-mix asphalt plant. Asphalt shingles can also be ground and recycled into hot-mix asphalt. Recycling asphalt pavement and shingles manufactures largeenergy savings over the life of the materials because of the energy intensive process of creating asphalt binder from oil.For more information on how to recycle shingles visit shinglerecycling.org

Asphalt, concrete, asphalt shingles, gypsum drywall, wood, and metals can be recycled. Asphalt, which environmentalists are prone to think is a bad choice of paving material due to its petroleum content, is easy to recycle.

Recycling asphalt reduces the amount of new material required, and saves the energy that transportation of those material otherwise would require.

In areas where construction or renovation is minor, the impact in local landfills and other solid waste facilities is major.  Construction material recycling, such as asphalt recycling, is critical to reducing the total quantity of the waste stream. In fact, much more used asphalt from roadways are recycled than concrete. So there’s some argument that asphalt actually has lesser carbon footprint than concrete.

The bottom line is that asphalt is a key component to our everyday lives. When knowing the importance of recycling and preserving nature’s natural resources, recycling asphalt is a no brainer. All asphalt companies need to turn green so that we can re-use our natural resources and enjoy the open road for many years to come. 

If you have any questions about our asphalt recycling services or any of our other paving services, please contact our Grand Rapids asphalt contractors at (800) 871-4401.