DRAMATIC GROWTH IN ASPHALT ROAD RECYCLING FORECAST FOR THE EIGHTIES

According to this paper, there is a nationwide surge of interest in pavement recycling in Canada due to higher costs for new petroleum products and aggregates along with impending scarcity of those resources. Five provinces have already conducted on-the-road testing and direct research into some form of recycling: Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Prince Edward Island. However, foremost in demonstrating the interest is Ontario. It is viewed as the best way of reducing reliance on imported crude oil. Hot mix recycling is considerably more popular than cold mix or surface recycling largely because it is vastly more inexpensive. The interest and experiment with recycling in each aforementioned province is detailed. It is also noted that five other provinces British Columbia, Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and New Foundland--that have not yet embarked on recycling ventures are carefully considering the alternative for future road work. Although recycling has been well received among the provincial Ministries of Transportation, the roadbuilding sector is reacting with consideable caution. However, with recycling, there will be more money available for labor and equipment due to the decreased expenditure for asphalt cement and aggregates. This will restore the equilbrium between labor, equipment, and construction materials--which in the past has been out of balance in favor of materials.

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 2-7
  • Serial:
    • RTAC News
    • Volume: 6
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: Transportation Association of Canada
    • ISSN: 0317-1280

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00322256
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 19 1981 12:00AM