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FACT #17

Cost Effectiveness

asphalt REUSE AND RECYCLING conserves over 20.5 million barrels of asphalt binder every year.

The asphalt industry is the country’s number one recycler. The amount of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) reused in asphalt pavements in 2010 was 62.1 million tons. Assuming 5 percent liquid asphalt in RAP, this represents over 3 million tons (19 million barrels) of asphalt binder conserved. Less than 1 percent of RAP is sent to landfills.

Use of recycled asphalt shingles -- both manufacturer’s waste and tear-offs -- increased from 702,000 tons to 1.10 million tons from 2009 to 2010, a 57 percent increase. Assuming a conservative asphalt content of 20 percent for shingles, this represents 234,000 tons (1.5 million barrels) of asphalt binder conserved.