When you think about recycling, you probably imagine things like glass bottles, cardboard boxes, or cans, but did you know that asphalt is the most recycled material on Earth? Asphalt is prized for its binding capabilities and structural strength and is used for things like roadways or roof shingles. When shingles need to be replaced, shingle recovery businesses take the asphalt and recycle it to be used again.
Asphalt is recycled by extracting the bitumen from used asphalt and distilling it to remove solid particles. The extracted solvents and oils are then saved and repackaged to be sold as asphalt granules, bitumen oil, or as plain oil asphalt ready to be used again. The averaged shingled roof that is recovered by shingle recovery businesses provides enough asphalt to pave 200 feet of a 2 lane highway!
Recycling is a great way to reduce our footprint on the planet, and with the many uses of asphalt it is important that as much of it as possible is repurposed. Asphalt recovery is a booming business with both financial and environmental benefits. Learn more about asphalt recycling in the visual deep dive below: