January 10, 2024

What is the most recycled product in the US?

What’s the world’s most recycled material? You would like it would be glass, plastic or maybe even paper, right? Wrong! The world’s most recycled material is asphalt!

Asphalt has a 99% recycling rate. Asphalt pavement is the most recycled product in the USA, easily beating materials that are more commonly associated with recycling, such as aluminum (the recycling rate for aluminum cans is a mere 55%). Statistics from the USA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show that asphalt pavement recycling has topped the recycling charts for over twenty years.

With use after use, the asphalt cement (binder) in pavement retains its cohesiveness, so it keeps its value no matter how many times it is recycled.

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