Going Green: Why Asphalt is A Smart Choice!
Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) & National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA)
Improves Fuel Efficiency
“Pavement Smoothness and Fuel Economy: The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) has released anew brochure on the impact of pavement smoothness on the fuel economy of vehicles. The brochure discusses how even slight improvements in vehicle fuel economy can have a profound impact when leveraged across the country. ‘Improving pavement smoothness over a typical roadway network can have dramatic effects.’ –Dr. Howard Marks."
“Asphalt roads tend to start out smooth and stay smooth through out their service life. Typical maintenance and rehabilitation activities are usually in the form of overlays, which give the traveling public smooth, quiet surface, that’s just as good as new.” – APA Brochure
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
“About 100 million tons of asphalt pavement is reclaimed each year, and over 95% of that total is reused or recycled.” – APA/NAPA
How Does it Work:
“While reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) is the material most often used in asphalt recycling, materials from other ondustries are routinely recycled into asphalt pavements instead of going into landfills. Some of the most common are rubber from used tires, glass, asphalt roofing shingles, and blast furnace slag.”
“Asphalt plants also recycle the fine mineral particles that are generated in the process of producing asphalt pavement material. This routine recycling of co-generated material helps to conserve natural resources.” – APA/NAPA
“In practice, going green means adopting five basic principles in your daily life:
  • reduce pollution
  • conserve resources
  • conserve energy
  • reduce consumption and waste
  • protect the earth’s ecological balance
  • All five principles are important in protecting the environment from harm, as well as helping to ensure that living (for humans and other creatures) on earth is sustainable. So in your daily life, do adopt green practices under all principles, to make a difference.”