The road to a greener future is paved in plastic.
Do you ever wonder where plastic bottles and bags end up after you drop them into the recycling bin? As it turns out, you might be walking and driving on the answer. The world of asphalt is an amazing place where technology and science meet the roadways, parking lots, and driveways of the country. In recent years, the paving industry has joined forces with the ever-changing realm of recycling, and the dynamic duo is quite unstoppable.
There is a lot to love about plastic: its durability, its high melting point, slow decomposition rate, and resistance to UV rays means it can seemingly last forever. Which is good…and bad. How can those qualities be put to optimal use while, simultaneously, ensuring they don’t end up in our landfills? Asphalt is the answer (or at least one of them).
A New Way to Pave
Black Diamond Paving has partnered with an innovative and environmentally-focused organization that has developed a patented process to safely and effectively incorporate plastic waste into roads, parking lots, and other asphalt applications. This process helps the environment by keeping plastics out of our landfills and ecosystems, while maintaining the same pristine appearance you’ve come to expect from your asphalt surfaces.
THE BENEFITS ARE CLEAR (AS A PLASTIC BAGGIE)
• Comparable price to traditional asphalt
• Help reduce plastic waste in landfills
• Reduce your company’s carbon footprint
• Meet environmental targets
• Boost your company’s green image
HOW IT WORKS
Asphalt is made up of aggregates (stone, gravel, sand) and a fossil fueI-based binder known as bitumen (a form of petroleum). Our partner takes non-recyclable and single-use plastics, such as grocery bags and bottles, grinds them up, and uses the resulting plastic granules to replace the bitumen. So, not only does this process save our landfills from tons of plastics pollution, it also reduces fossil fuel usage and carbon emissions!
What’s your plastics impact?
Each square foot of the plastic additive asphalt mix saves 26 plastic bags, or 8 plastic bottles, from ending up in a landfill. It also offsets .28kg of carbon dioxide. But what does that mean in the real world? We crunched the numbers…
In case you want to get into the nitty-gritty…