The most widely recycled product in terms of both percentage and tonnage is asphalt pavement. A report by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration shows that 80% of the asphalt pavement that is removed each year during widening and resurfacing projects is reused. The 80% rate for using reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) is substantially higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recycling rates of 60% for aluminum cans, 56% for newsprint, 37% for plastic soft drink bottles, 31% for glass beverage bottles, and 23% for magazines. The extent to which RAP is reused, however, is not widely known. In a survey of 1,000 adults commissioned by the National Asphalt Pavement Association, Americans ranked asphalt pavement as being recycled the least among nine products. Using RAP has economic benefits for taxpayers, as well as environmental benefits.

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    Scranton Gillette Communications

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  • Publication Date: 2000-6


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  • Accession Number: 00795727
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 26 2000 12:00AM