Everyday people are on the roads commuting back and forth from their daily routines. Imagine if we still drove on dirt roads, or even brick—would we reach our destination safely? Would the maintenance of such roads prove to be too much of a hassle? Asphalt is a key part of our everyday lives, whether we know it or not. Since asphalt is used for the majority of our Michigan roadways, it can have a negative impact on the environment. At Allied Construction, our experienced asphalt contractors support green efforts to recycle asphalt. By repurposing old asphalt for new projects, we can help preserve the environment.

Global Warming

Recycling is becoming a more important issue on the agendas of world leaders. Many global warming concerns have emerged over the past few decades, warning against irreversible climate change. Recycling is necessary to use nature's resources more efficiently and respectfully.

How We Recycle Asphalt

In hot-mix asphalt plants, the raw materials in asphalt pavement are usually obtained through crushing. Asphalt shingles can also be ground and recycled into hot-mix asphalt. Recycling asphalt pavement and shingles gives manufacturers large energy savings. At Allied Construction, we are always willing to provide our clients with helpful resources.

Asphalt, concrete, asphalt shingles, gypsum drywall, wood, and metals can be recycled. While some environmentalists suspect that asphalt is a bad paving choice due to its petroleum content, we have found that it is easy to recycle. Recycling asphalt reduces the amount of new material required, and saves the energy that transportation of those material otherwise would require.

The Importance of Asphalt Recycling

In areas where construction or renovation is minor, the impact in local landfills and other solid waste facilities is major. Construction material recycling, such as asphalt recycling, is critical to reducing the total quantity of the waste stream. In fact, more asphalt from roadways are recycled than concrete. So there’s some argument that asphalt actually has a lesser carbon footprint than concrete.

The bottom line is that asphalt is a key component to our everyday lives. When knowing the importance of recycling and preserving our natural resources, recycling asphalt is a no-brainer. Every company that provides asphalt paving services should turn green so that we can re-use our natural resources and enjoy the open road for many years to come.

If you are in need of any commercial or residential asphalt services, please call our experienced asphalt paving contractors at (810) 229-5511 or (248) 625-9581. At Allied Construction, we take pride in serving all of our Southeastern Michigan clients since 1972.