Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) can be recycled into pavement that is as high, or even higher, in quality as paving made of all - virgin materials. And, the same material can be recycled again and again; it never loses value. The asphalt paving cement retains its ability to function as glue or cement, so that it is reused for its original purpose. The aggregates (rock, sand and gravel) in the original paving are also conserved. Many pavements that are more than 20 years old are actually worth more than they were when originally constructed.
Environmental Advantages / LEED - Sustainability
Asphalt Paving is the sustainable material for constructing pavements. From the production of the paving material, to the placement of the pavement on the road, to rehabilitation, through recycling, asphalt paving minimize impact on the environment. Low consumption of energy for production and construction, low emission of greenhouse gases, and conservation of natural resources help to make asphalt paving the environmental pavement of choice.
Asphalt Paving is economical, durable, recyclable, quiet, versatile, and smooth.
According to the APAI:
Hot-Mix Asphalt Paving (HMA) is America's #1 pavement choice. Over 93% of the highways in America use smooth, quiet, and durable asphalt paving. Asphalt Paving is also America's #1 recycled product. Over 80 million tons of asphalt are recycled each year into new green HMA pavements. Asphalt paved roadways can be designed to be Perpetual Pavements where the the lift base layers remain in place in perpetuity while the 2-3" surface course is milled of and recycled into a new wearing course every 20 years.