The asphalt economy is a fascinating industry that succeeds through asphalt’s versatile and sustainable quality. Asphalt is valued for its strength, binding abilities, and high tolerance to temperature changes, making it an ideal material to use for roads, pavement, and roof shingles. 2019 has seen the U.S. make over 400 million tons of asphalt and possess more than 30 billion containers of bitumen (another name for asphalt).
The asphalt economy thrives on asphalt’s ability to be recycled and reused. Old asphalt can be reused after extracting the good portions from the unusable waste. The asphalt economy thrives on asphalt’s ability to be recycled and reused. Old asphalt can be reused after extracting the good portions from the unusable waste. The recovered asphalt is usually sold to roofing contractors who can use the material for paving roads, waterproofing walls and more.
Recycling asphalt can help the environment by reducing the amount of shingle waste being placed in landfills and greenhouse gases polluting the air. Asphalt recovery also decreases processing costs for making asphalt to only $25 for each recycled batch while saving taxpayers billions of dollars.
The shingle recovery market is seeing success too as more buildings used for roofing recovery are built and state laws push for mandatory shingle recycling. Shingle recycling involves a four-step extraction process that essentially separates the bitumen from unusable waste using a specific solvent that enables the solvent and bitumen oil to be saved individually.
The ability to recycle and reuse asphalt and bitumen oil is helping the asphalt economy continue to achieve success. Learn more about recycling asphalt below: