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The Asphalt Economy: Paving the
Road to a More Sustainable Earth

Did you know that asphalt is the most recycled material on earth? It is a 100% renewable construction resource and it is used in nearly all U.S construction projects. Asphalt is used to create roadways, waterproof surfaces, parking lots, roof shingles and much more. The U.S produced 420 million tons of asphalt in 2019 alone and housed more than 3,600 asphalt production sites! 99% of the asphalt pavement that is used is recovered and recycled which lessens the environmental strain that manufacturing puts on the planet. 

Recycling asphalt and bitumen stops 2.4 metric tons of CO2e from entering the atmosphere and is responsible for up to a 61% reduction of greenhouse gasses. Recycling asphalt also prevents 11 tons of shingle waste from entering landfills every year. With asphalt being used for so many different purposes, it is important that as much of it is being recycled as possible. There are more than 50 roofing recovery sites in more than 20 states today, and hopefully there will be more in the future to ensure the sustainability of asphalt production.

The Asphalt Economy

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