We all know that asphalt is black. But according to the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), over 100 million tons of asphalt is reclaimed off of America’s roads and parking lots each year, making it America’s most recycled material.
Yes – more asphalt is recycled each year than paper, glass, or scrap metal.
Our large milling machines claw up the asphalt and trucks transport it to the asphalt mixing facility for recycling. This can be repeated over and over again. These recycling efforts lessen the amount of virgin stone required from the local rock quarries. Also, during the recycling process the liquid asphalt (glue) is reheated which requires less liquid asphalt to be added to the new asphalt. Plus this process keeps the costs of asphalt production down dramatically, then the savings can be passed on to our customers.
When asphalt is fresh it is hot and sticky. Without a release agent the asphalt would stick to the equipment and trucks. In the past it was common to use diesel fuel as the release agent. Many contractors today are still using diesel fuel. However, Finley Asphalt is not one of them. In fact, Finley Asphalt uses NO environmentally unfriendly solvents during the laydown process of the asphalt. Instead we use environmentally friendly release agents to coat the pavers, rollers, and the bodies of our dump trucks.