Asphalt is a highly versatile material that is used for the construction of roadways, carparks and other pavement projects. It has an extremely durable surface and the ability to withstand heavy traffic loads. However, many people are unaware of the environmental benefits that asphalt paving provides. In this blog post, we will discuss what makes asphalt the most eco-friendly choice and how it can contribute to a more sustainable future.
Asphalt is infinitely recyclable
One of the most significant environmental benefits of asphalt is its recyclability. Asphalt is a 100% recyclable material. Not only that but it can also be recycled and reused over and over again without losing its structural integrity.
Asphalt contractors in Sydney can combine new materials with old, recycled asphalt to create a brand-new surface. Not only does this reduce the environmental impact. Recycling asphalt can also offer significant cost savings due to the reduced need for new materials.
When old asphalt pavement is removed, it is taken to a specialist plant. Here it will be milled and ground into smaller particles and then transported to the recycling plant. It is then heated and mixed with new materials to create a new asphalt mix. This mix can be used in the construction of new asphalt surfaces, as well as to repair damaged pavements. This in turn reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and minimizes the need for new natural resources.
Reduced Carbon Footprint
Unlike concrete, asphalt paving has a lower carbon footprint. During the manufacturing and production of asphalt materials, less energy is required. Greenhouse gases are also minimised, making it an extremely eco-friendly option.
The carbon footprint of asphalt is also further reduced during transportation. The asphalt mix can be transported in a compact form, which requires less fuel and energy for transportation, compared to bulky loads of concrete.
Reduced Water Runoff
Being a permeable surface, asphalt allows water to filter through and therefore reduce the amount of surface runoff. This is especially important in urban and residential areas, with a high amount of water-resistant surfaces like concrete. Which can lead to increased flooding and contribute to soil and surface erosion. Asphalt allows water to filter through and refill groundwater channels. Which reduces the demand for stormwater drains and the risk of flooding substantially.
With its numerous environmental benefits, including its infinite recyclability, reduced carbon footprint and reduced water runoff. It is clear to see how asphalt is paving the way in providing sustainable and environmentally friendly surfaces.
If you would like to know more about the sustainability of asphalt or how we can help with your next construction project. Contact C&D Asphalting on 02 9627 8556 and let us help you build a more sustainable future.