According to studies released in December 2021, asphalt is the most recycled material on Earth. Defined as a refined, solid-state petroleum made from distilling crude oil, asphalt has been prized for its binding capabilities, structural strength, and temperature resistance. Not only is asphalt so versatile, but also it is already being produced on a large scale. In 2019, the United States housed more than 3,600 asphalt production sites and owned 36 billion barrels of asphalt deposits. Despite these numbers, the most important aspect of asphalt is by far the fact that it is a 100% renewable construction resource.
Asphalt, also known as bitumen, has a circular lifestyle, making it easier to recover and recycle. In fact, roughly 99% of all asphalt movement is recovered every year. Recycling this material benefits everyone, as it positively contributes to actions against global warming and has built a $7.1 billion dollar industry. Asphalt shingles are just one of the many products that are able to be recycled in this circular fashion, and there are over 50 roofing recovery sites in more than 20 states helping to do so. Asphalt economy and recycling isn’t just the future, it is a vital aspect of the present day effort to be environmentally sound.