Recyling Processes

Each year, more than 100 million tons of asphalt pavement are reclaimed and recycled. Nearly 75 million tons of this reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) is combined with new materials and mixed into new asphalt pavement. This is the highest and best use of RAP because the asphalt cement in the old pavement is actually reactivated, becoming the binder for the new pavement and reducing the amounts of new binder that might be needed.

The RAP process, coupled with “warm-mix technology,” is now producing roadways that are equal to and sometimes better than those constructed with all-virgin materials. It also doesn’t hurt that taxpayers and road agencies save money, and far greater natural resources are conserved.