Asphalt is the most recycled product in the U.S., where 100 million tons of asphalt pavement is recycled every year. Asphalt can also be made from other waste, including tires and shingles, reducing the use of landfills.
Recycling of this material protects the environment by reducing quarrying, mining and oil consumption. Recycling reduces consumption of fuel, machinery, transportation and labor as well as protecting the scarce natural resources of aggregate and asphalt. Ultimately this keeps many millions of tons of collected material out of our landfills.
Another earth-friendly benefit of asphalt paving is that it requires 20% less energy to install asphalt paving compared to other paving materials. Because asphalt is beneficial to vehicle efficiency, it lowers the potential impact on the environment. Less friction means improved longevity for the road, reduced vehicle maintenance costs, lessened carbon dioxide emissions, and improvements to fuel economy. This is particularly significant considering the 275+ million vehicles in operation on US roads.
One of the benefits of asphalt paving is that it’s a flexible material, making it more adaptable to variable North Bay terrain than cement. It’s easy to use and implement in a project, so the disruption to local traffic can be minimized. Many asphalt road projects take only 24 hours, and in many cases, the public can use roads soon after the rollers have finished their work.