What's Black is Really Green
Superior Paving Corp. diverts hundreds of thousands of tons of debris from area landfills by maintaining an aggressive recycling program. That's because asphalt pavement is one of the most easily recycled substances around. Superior Paving is committed to reclaiming as much used asphalt as possible.
In the early 1970s, when the environmental movement was just gaining momentum, pop singer Joni Mitchell wrote her iconic song, "Big Yellow Taxi," that lamented the destruction of natural areas with the memorable line, "They paved paradise, put up a parking lot." But in truth, asphalt pavement is one of the greenest substances on earth!
Since both stone and asphalt are naturally occurring raw materials, they are completely natural. Nothing is chemically created or toxic to the environment. The materials used to pave roads come directly from the earth, and are environmentally friendly.
Of all the materials recycled in the United States, recycled asphalt pavement:
- Is, ton-for-ton, the highest volume of recycled material in the nation
- Contains a higher percentage of recycled material than any other recycled substance
When a paved roadway needs replacement, the old surfaced is "milled." This process scrapes up and chews the old pavement
back into crushed stone. With the addition of a little fresh tar, the
material is laid down again as new roadway. There is no limit to
the number of times asphalt roadway materials can be recycled.