Of all the materials recycled in the United States, nothing is recycled as consistently as asphalt pavement mixture (RAP). Additionally, recycled asphalt shingles (RAS) are also a component in the production of new asphalt mixes, dramatically reducing the amount of shingles going to landfills. The latest survey of asphalt mix producers finds that more than 90 percent of the asphalt pavement material removed from roads and parking lots in 2016 was put back to productive use, primarily in new asphalt pavement mixtures.
Arrow Road Construction Company’s yard facilities recycle significant amounts of asphalt pavement every year. Arrow owns and operates crushing facilities that crush old asphalt pavements in to recyclable gradations for different applications. The Main use of recycled asphalt product “RAP” is in the production of new asphalt mixes for roadway and parking lot paving. RAP is also used extensively for stone base construction in lieu of crushed stone or gravel thus saving non-renewable resources.
According to the National Asphalt Paving Association, 76.9 million tons of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) and nearly 1.9 million tons of recycled asphalt roofing shingles (RAS) were used in new asphalt pavement mixes in the United States during in 2016. Reclaiming and reusing the asphalt cement in RAP and RAS saved more than $2.1 billion in 2016 compared to the use of virgin materials and saved nearly 50 million cubic yards of landfill space from reclaiming RAP alone.