Asphalt is an extremely useful material used in the construction of lots of different projects, from parking lots to basketball courts. There is a large demand for asphalt, and concurrently, there is a large demand for asphalt recycling. At LCI Recycling, we recycle a lot of different materials, but one of the ones we recycle the most is asphalt.
Asphalt is a material that is recycled often. We wanted to take some time today to talk about five different things worth knowing about asphalt recycling.
1. Completely Recyclable
Asphalt is one of the most recycled materials in both the United States, and the world, largely due to the fact that it is 100% recyclable. In the U.S., about 100 million tons of asphalt are recycled, or reclaimed. Most recycled asphalt is put to use in the construction and repair of roads and highways, though it can be used in a variety of construction projects.
2. Saves Space in Landfills
There are lots of things that will naturally decompose, but many man made objects will not. Asphalt is one of these products. We only have one Earth, and there’s a limited amount of space on the planet, which incentivizes us to use as little as that space for landfills as possible. Whenever we can recycle something, we’re saving it from going to a landfill. The more asphalt that is recycled, the less that will be in landfills, which is a big benefit.
3. More Durable
When recycled asphalt is mixed in with fresh asphalt, it creates a stronger and more durable material. Recycled asphalt has improved stiffness, which will help to prevent any future cracks. When you use recycled asphalt for your project, you can expect less maintenance and less repairs. This will leave you with less downtime, and can even save you some money.
4. Lessens the Need for New Oil
Oil is a fossil fuel, which means it’s a finite resource, and that its burning releases carbon. Oil is also a necessary component in the production of asphalt. Recycled asphalt already has oil in it, so when it’s used, fresh oil isn’t required. Using recycled asphalt helps us prolong our supplies of oil.
5. It Saves Money
The process of creating asphalt is a very costly one, but the process of recycling is much cheaper. From taxpayers, to construction companies, to homeowners, recycled asphalt saves everyone money. It is cheaper to produce, and in turn, has a cheaper market price than newly made asphalt. Recycled asphalt is not just good for the environment, but it’s also good for your wallet.
Learn More from an Experienced Asphalt Recycling Company in Maryland
Interested in learning more about recycled asphalt? Want to learn more about all of the services we offer? At LCI Recycling, we’ve been helping businesses and homeowners in Maryland for years. If you’re planning a project that involves asphalt, consider using recycled asphalt, and consider LCI Recycling as your supplier. We look forward to hearing from, and working with, you.