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Is asphalt a sustainable material?

In recent years, there has been an increased focus on using sustainable materials for building projects. Although the precise definition of a sustainable material varies slightly between different agencies and organizations, the gist of the definition is that a sustainable material is one that can be recycled and that does not adversely impact the environment during manufacture, use or disposition. Asphalt pavement meets all the criteria for a sustainable material.

First, it is recyclable. In fact, more asphalt pavement is recycled in the U.S. every year than any other type of product. This is true whether you base it on volume or the percentage of the reclaimed material that is reused. For asphalt pavement, the volume is approximately 100 million tons every year, and the percentage reused exceeds 95 percent. In theory, asphalt pavement has no limit to the number of times it can be recycled.

As for the second requirement, asphalt manufacturers are not on the EPA’s list of industries that contribute heavily to industrial air pollutants. Over the last 40 years or so, asphalt manufacturers have slashed emissions by a minimum of 97 percent, while boosting production by over 250 percent. Since asphalt is insoluble in water, it poses no hazard to drinking supplies. Should any end up in a landfill, it will not contaminate the soil as it does not leach any toxins.

Since 1979, Fahrner Asphalt Sealers has been providing services to customers located throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Our satisfied clients include airports, municipalities, schools and hospitals as well as homeowners and commercial property owners. We can apply asphalt sealcoating to your asphalt parking lot and stripe it, repair potholes or cracks, resurface your tennis court or paint the center line down any highway.  Call one of our friendly staff members at (800) 332-3360 today for a free quote or submit our online quote form to learn more about everything that Fahrner can provide.

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