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Asphalt Pavements: Tracking America’s Most Recycled Material

All U.S. Asphalt Mix Producers and In-Place Recyclers Encouraged
to Participate in Annual Industry Survey by April 1

Each year, the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) surveys the industry to document the volume of recycled materials used in new roads. Since 2009, this survey has confirmed that asphalt pavement mixtures are the most recycled material in the United States. Every year, nearly 100 percent of the material removed from old roads and parking lots is reclaimed for use in new pavements.

To quantify the amount of recycled material used during the 2019 construction season, NAPA is encouraging every asphalt mix producer in the United States to participate in its latest survey on the use of recycled materials and warm-mix asphalt. This confidential survey is conducted by NAPA under a contract with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Responses are sought from producers of all sizes and from every community in all 50 U.S. states, as well as all U.S. territories. Additional information is also being sought about the use of in-place recycling technologies during 2019.

“In 2018, data from more than 1,300 asphalt plants were included in the survey, ensuring a high level of reliability for its findings. Greater industry participation in the survey helps ensure the industry’s environmental impacts are properly understood by federal and state agencies, as well as the public,” stated Brett Williams, NAPA Director of Engineering and Technical Support, who is administering the survey. “It is thanks to companies’ willingness to participate in the survey that we can prove the inherent sustainability of asphalt pavements, as well as encourage greater use of reclaimed asphalt in new pavements.”

NAPA and FHWA have tracked usage of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), recycled asphalt shingles (RAS), and warm-mix asphalt (WMA) annually since the 2009 construction season. The survey has been cited more than 350 times in academic literature, and is used by FHWA, the Department of Energy, and other public agencies to measure the impact of these technologies.

The results from the 2018 construction season were released in September 2019, showing that more than 84.7 million tons of recycled material was used in asphalt pavement mixtures during 2018. This includes RAP and RAS, as well as other reclaimed and recycled materials, such as ground tire rubber, steel and blast furnace slags, coal combustion products, and cellulose fibers.

In addition, about 79.5 million tons — more than 20 percent of total asphalt pavement mixture produced in 2018 — used WMA technologies to reduce mix-production temperatures. The full results of the 2018 survey are available at www.AsphaltPavement.org/recycling.

All asphalt mix producers operating in the United States and in U.S. territories are encouraged to participate in the confidential 2019 construction season survey by April 1. To participate, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019_RMWMA_Survey.

For the 2019 construction season, FHWA asked NAPA to expand the survey collection effort to include in-place recycling techniques, including cold-in-place, hot-in-place, cold central plant recycling, and full-depth reclamation. Companies using these technologies are also encouraged to participate in a short supplementary survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019_IPR_Survey.

Data from the surveys are kept completely confidential and are only reported in aggregate and used to determine quantities. State-level data are reported only if three or more companies from the state or territory participate. No company-specific information is disclosed or used for any purpose.

About The National Asphalt Pavement Association

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) is the only trade association that exclusively represents the interests of the asphalt producer/contractor on the national level with Congress, government agencies, and other national trade and business organizations. NAPA supports an active research program designed to improve the quality of asphalt pavements and paving techniques used in the construction of roads, streets, highways, parking lots, airports, and environmental and recreational facilities. The association provides technical, educational, and marketing materials and information to its members; supplies product information to users and specifiers of paving materials; and conducts training courses. The association, which counts more than 1,100 companies as members, was founded in 1955.

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NAPA, FHWA Seek Input From Asphalt Mix Producers for Survey

NAPA _ Logo _ GradientInput from all U.S. asphalt producers sought by July 31 to gauge usage of reclaimed/recycled materials, warm-FHWAmix asphalt technologies

Asphalt mix producers: The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) need to hear from you about warm-mix asphalt and reclaimed/recycled materials. NAPA, in partnership with FHWA, is conducting an industry survey of 2012 production levels and the use of recycled materials and warm mix on a state-by-state level.

NAPA and FHWA have tracked usage of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), recycled asphalt shingles (RAS), and warm-mix asphalt (WMA) since the 2009 construction season. The results of the 2011 season were released in April and showed that the use of reclaimed materials alone conserved about 3.7 million tons of virgin liquid asphalt binder, saving about $2.2 billion. From 2009 to 2011, this survey has documented a 19 percent increase in RAP use, a 52.5 percent increase in RAS use, and a 309 percent increase in WMA use. Full results of the 2011 survey are available at www.AsphaltPavement.org/recycling.

Asphalt mix producers may participate in the survey by visiting http://goaspha.lt/2012RAPRASWMA. The survey must be completed by July 31. It is recommended that respondents download a printed version of the survey from the NAPA website at http://www.asphaltpavement.org/PDFs/2012_RAP-RAS-WMA_Survey_Form.pdf to ensure that all the relevant data is at hand before beginning the process. Survey participants will receive a complimentary copy of the report once it is released.

“Recycled materials and warm-mix asphalt technologies are critical to the sustainable future of the asphalt pavement industry. We need your help in benchmarking the industry’s progress in putting sustainable practices into use,” stated Kent Hansen, NAPA Director of Engineering, who is administering the survey.

Data from the survey will be kept completely confidential and will be used only for the purposes of determining quantities. Data will be reported by state only, and no company-specific information will be disclosed or used for any purpose.

Because data is being aggregated by state, companies or branches active in more than one state need to complete a separate questionnaire for each state. If a plant provides mix for more than one state, the tonnage should be divided accordingly.

The 2011 survey included responses from 49 states and Puerto Rico. Responses from all 50 U.S. states, the territories, and the District of Columbia are desired for the current survey.

New for the 2012 construction season, the survey asks about other recycled materials used in asphalt mixtures, such as ground-tire rubber and slag.

Survey results will be shared with industry and agencies to help in the implementation of recycling and warm-mix technologies. This will help the industry when working with agencies and the public to promote asphalt pavements.

National Demolition Association Co-Sponsors C&D Recycling Forum in Long Beach, CA

The National Demolition Association (NDA) – a co-sponsor of the 2012 C&D Recycling Forum, September 23-25 in Long Beach, CA – will send representatives to participate in panel discussions at the gathering of C&D processors, demolition and general contractors, waste haulers, and government officials.

Rich Lorenz, President and CEO of Central Environmental Services Inc., Apopka, FL, a member of the NDA Board of Directors, and a member of the NDA Member Services Committee, will take part in the panel discussion “Taking on the Issues,” which will provide solutions to various issues facing the C&D recycling industry.

Robert Brickner, Executive Vice President and Co-founder of Gershman, Brickner & Bratton (GBB), and member of the NDA Environment Committee, will moderate the panel discussion “Alternate Views,” where providers of conversation technology show how C&D materials and residues can be used in waste-to-energy (WTE) systems.

The C&D Recycling Forum is organized by Recycling Today Media Group, the NDA, and GBB.

Professionals interested in registration information should go to https://registration.gie.net/events/cd-recycling-forum For more information about the NDA, go to the website www.demolitionassociation.com for more information or call 800-541-2412.

The National Demolition Association is a non-profit trade organization representing approximately 1,000 U.S. and Canadian companies and many international firms that are involved in the demolition process. Membership includes demolition contractors, general contractors, civil engineering firms, and recycling, landfill, and salvage operations.  The association’s efforts help members stay abreast of environmental, regulatory and safety matters, keep regulators informed about issues facing the industry, increase public and industry awareness, and provide members with networking opportunities and information on the latest technical advances in equipment and services.  www.demolitionassociation.com