OUR RECYCLING PROGRAM
Recycling is a topic that is becoming increasingly important in the construction industry today. Reusing materials continues the lifecycle of a product, benefiting the business, saving on energy and emissions, while also minimizing the amount of waste that ends up landfills. Wherever possible we recycle both materials, and energy when creating our products.
We like to think our recycling starts with the mindset of our employees. Small initiatives in our offices around the country often develop into innovative ideas for increasing aggregate, energy and product recycling.
Asphalt is a material typically composed of a mixture of 5% asphalt binder (also known as asphalt cement), and 95% aggregate (stone, sand and gravel). Asphalt pavement retains its usability through endless product applications, by the process of recycling. As roadways and infrastructure degrade, the asphalt layer can be milled off the road, ground up and used again as a fine aggregate, and percentage of the binder in a new application.
The use of Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP) and Recycled Asphalt Shingles (RAS) is limited only by the specifications of the project engineers, and application. Our companies use RAP and RAS to the highest extent possible to limit the amount of waste product that ends up in landfills, and to limit the amount of binder that must be refined and purchased. According to the National Asphalt Pavement Association, asphalt is one of the most recycled materials in the US, as 99% of asphalt is reused, and we are proud to participate in this process as much as possible. In 2015, we