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Asphalt Recycling

05/23/2012

Asphalt recycling offers contractors and municipalities many benefits.  With a weak economy, municipalities are seeking ways to save money while contractors are searching for new ways to make money.  Add to this rising asphalt prices and a world focused on Green Technology and you have all the right reasons to own an asphalt recycler. 

 

Let’s talk about savings and profits first.  RAP (Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement) was once a waste product for which contractors paid to dispose.  Today, RAP is being discovered as a high value commodity.  It’s commonly mixed with stone and used for base course.  However, it’s greatest potential value is attained through 100% recycling accomplished with an asphalt recycler.  Asphalt recycling recovers the asphalt and the aggregate, resulting is a cost savings/profit (depending on how you look at it) between $35.- $80. per ton, depending on local hot mix costs.   Recycling just 15 tons per week over 1 year,  yields an annual profit/savings of $30,000-$60,000.  With our larger PT-PRO Series Asphalt Recyclers, the savings can be as high as $250,000 / year, that’s a tremendous amount of money and its entirely feasible with our large recyclers which are capable of recycling over 12 tph.

 

Asphalt Recycling offers other significant benefits such as a reduced reliance on the local hot mix plant.  What contractor hasn’t waiting in line at the mix plant, or come up short 5 tons on a project or wanted to work at night or on weekends?  I owned a pavement company in the 90’s and it happened to us all the time.  In places like Canada, Alaska and NY City it can take over 2 hours one way to reach a hot mix plant. In the Northeast, mix plants close between November and April.  Owning an asphalt recycler gives the contractor tremendous flexibility.  It allows the contractor 24/7 access to hot mix.  Why purchase cold patch at $100.00 / ton when you can recycle your own for $18.00/ton.

 

Asphalt is one of the most abundant recyclables on the planet and it’s 100% recyclable. With a government administration focused on recycling, the timing is ideal for purchasing an asphalt recycler.  Almost half the states offer a tax code incentive; exemptions on sales, income or property taxes on a state or local level for the purchase of equipment or machinery used in recycling.  Asphalt Recycling is great for the environment and great PR for corporate and municipal owners of recycling equipment. It offers them carbon credits, shows their commitment toward recycling and all while saving them money.  At Pavement Technologies we are focused on educating the industry as to the environmental benefits and we start by leading the way and contributing to a greener world.  Our PT-PRO Series Asphalt Recyclers have won two national environmental awards, being recognized for their Carbon Reduction and contribution to a Sustainable Living practice.

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