It is the most commonly recycled material worldwide. asphaltIn December 2021, steel was outnumbered by crude oil distillation. Crude oil distillation produces this temperature-resistant and durable material that adheres well with a range of others, making it optimal for the creation of roof shingles, waterproof surfaces, parking lots, and roadways, among other structural mechanisms. 

Asphalt, a fully-renewable material, is highly valued for its durability which allows it to be reused repeatedly. After asphalt’s original use, a recycling company salvages it. Following the extraction process, which extracts the strongest, most useable asphalt portions, the company discards the rest. As it enters its second life, the asphalt is again available for sale to roofers, waterproofers and pavers.

Asphalt industry has seen a tremendous increase in profits and is growing at a fast pace. The U.S. saves approximately $1.8B each year on asphalt recovery, which is around 99%. Asphalt recycling is an industry worth $7.1 billion. Pavement retrieval, roofing recovery sites and other programs keep asphalt augmentation alive.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions as high as 61% by recycling asphalt annually. Recycling asphalt prevents the production of 11 tonnes of shingle wastes and reduces dependence on foreign oil suppliers. One roof made of recycled shingles can translate into 200 feet of 2-lane highway. Asphalt has tremendous potential to help our economy as well as our environment. It also holds the power to make our world cleaner.

The Asphalt Economy - Asphalt Recycling Matters More Than Ever