Asphalt pavements are able to use waste and byproducts from other industries — reducing environmental impacts. Instead of going to landfills, materials such as rubber from used tires, glass, asphalt roofing shingles and blast furnace slag can all be put to use in asphalt pavements. Over nearly 2.8 million tons of these materials were used in asphalt mixtures in 2013.
In addition, asphalt pavements are 100 percent reusable and they are recycled at a higher rate than any other material in America — including soda cans and newspaper. In fact, more than 99 percent of asphalt reclaimed from old roads and parking lots goes back into new pavements.