In December of 2021, asphalt officially became the most recycled material on the planet. Produced from distilling crude oil, the substance is temperature resistant, strong, and binds with a slew of other materials, making it productive for manufacturing roof shingles, roadways, parking lots, and waterproof surfaces among other essential things. 420 million tons of asphalt were produced in America alone in 2019, with more than 3,6000 asphalt production locations in the nation. It's a fully renewable construction material which makes its uses cyclical and gives it incredible longevity.
The profitability of the asphalt industry is promising and emerging at a rapid rate. Approximately 99% of asphalt is recovered annually and saves U.S. taxpayers over $1.8 billion as a result. The asphalt recovery market is a $7.1 billion industry as roofing recovery sites, pavement retrieval, and other recycling programs contribute to the astronomical sum.
Saving the environment, as asphalt recycling keeps CO2e from entering the atmosphere and shingle waste from contaminating landfills, and saving taxpayers money,m with one roof of shingles providing 200 feet of a two-lane highway, recycling asphalt has benefits that better the future of America.
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