What happens with “old asphalt”?

Asphalt is a completely recyclable product, and almost all asphalt pavement is reclaimed. In the past, old asphalt had limited use, primarily in the construction of temporary roadways, such as in and around landfills. Today, however, reclaimed asphalt is a valuable product.

Old asphalt can be recycled into new paving material, and theoretically, the reclamation could continue through many generations of roads. It can also be crushed and used as the foundation for a new roadway. Some recycled asphalt is used to construct embankments.

In today’s society, environmental issues are seldom far from the minds of the public. Many state and local governments have adopted green initiatives for construction projects, including streets and roadways. Reclaimed asphalt satisfies all of the requirements included in most agency specifications for a green material, and many agencies actually require at least a certain percentage of recycled asphalt to be used in all new road and embankment projects.

Because asphalt is completely recyclable, it is the most recycled material in the U.S. Each year, more than 80 million tons of asphalt is recycled. This is far more than any other material. For example, aluminum cans, lead-acid batteries and plastic containers combined account for less than 2 million tons that are recycled annually.

At The Surface Masters, we understand the importance of using environmentally friendly products whenever possible. We are also committed to providing customers in Atlanta and the surrounding areas with superior service. Whether you need to have your asphalt sealed, a parking lot striped or your asphalt driveway repaired, the professionals at The Surface Masters have the training, resources and experience to handle projects of all sizes. We offer high quality services at reasonable, competitive prices. Contact us today for a free written proposal for your next job, no matter how large or how small or call us at 770.250.6392.