Is It Safe to Use Recycled Asphalt?

Asphalt is all around us. This valuable material is utilized to pave our roads and parking lots, to surface recreational areas like tennis courts and bike paths, and even to create shingles for our roofs.

Unfortunately, the production of asphalt requires the use of many of our earth’s resources, and when old asphalt needs to be replaced, it gets transferred into landfills.

In order to remedy these problems, a growing number of contractors and homeowners are employing the use of recycled asphalt (sometimes referred to as ‘reclaimed asphalt pavement‘, or RAP).

Those who are unfamiliar with the recycled material, though, may have questions about its quality and safety. To address these concerns, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about recycled asphalt.

What is Recycled Asphalt?

RAP is comprised of processed materials consisting of asphalt and other aggregates. In the event that old asphalt needs to be removed during the process of road resurfacing, parking lot excavation, or other related construction projects, the asphalt materials can be gathered and recycled.

The discarded rubble is crushed and screened down to size. The final product is a high-quality, asphalt-coated material that is completely safe for reuse.

What Can Recycled Asphalt Be Used For?

When left in loose aggregate form, recycled asphalt can safely be used as a base material for roadways, driveways, sidewalks, patios and other similar paths. RAP may also be used as an alternative to other materials often used for railroad ballast.

More often than not, recycled asphalt is put back into hot mix asphalt and is used as a green surfacing material. The fact that recycled materials are used does not take away from the integrity or safety factor of the material.

Who Can Benefit From Recycled Asphalt?

As it stands, asphalt pavement is the most frequently recycled material in America. According to the National Asphalt Pavement Association, asphalt is recycled and reused at a rate of more than 99%, with approximately 96% of contractors reporting using RAP. It is so popular because RAP has something to offer everyone.

  • Asphalt Plants – Plants that manufacture asphalt benefit from the recycling process as they are able to use fewer raw materials. This allows the asphalt plant to save both time and money.
  • Contractors – Contractors like to use RAP because it’s less expensive than virgin asphalt, but still acts as a high quality base or surfacing material.
  • Consumers – When asphalt plants and contractors save money, the cost for homeowners, business owners, cities, and counties goes down as well.
  • The Environment – Recycling asphalt ensures that fewer natural resources are used and that waste is minimized.

Where Can I Purchase Recycled Asphalt?

When buying recycled asphalt, it’s best to go straight to the source. Braen Stone is proud to take old, unwanted asphalt materials and give them new life. We take quality and safety very seriously, and work hard to manufacture a consistently superior product for our customers.

Typically our RAP is crushed down to 3/8 minus size, but can be produced to your project specifications. Talk to one of our professionals about picking up your recycled asphalt from one of our NJ locations, or for bulk delivery services throughout NJ, NY, PA and CT.



By | 2020-04-02T10:25:22-04:00 September 4th, 2014|Asphalt|0 Comments

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Dirk is a Project Manager at Braen Stone. He's an expert on a variety of construction materials and prides himself on helping the company meet the needs of companies large and small.