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Associations Sign Major Cooperative Agreement to Further Asphalt Recycling

August 25, 2010                           

Washington, DC – The leaders of the trade associations that represent 150 million tons a year of asphalt recycling signed a cooperative agreement aimed at doubling the rate of reuse/recycling of asphalt pavements within five years.

Principal signatories to the agreement were the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and the Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association (ARRA). Letters of support were provided by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). FHWA officials stated that the initiative is in keeping with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s recently unveiled Official Policy on Recycling.


Under the agreement, NAPA and ARRA pledge to support each other’s efforts to deal with common challenges and build on each other’s strengths regarding asphalt recycling issues.


“Asphalt pavement is America’s most recycled material,” said Mike Acott, President of NAPA. “There are more than 18 billion tons of asphalt pavement already in place on the roads, streets, and highways of this country. These same roads that Americans use every day are also a resource that future generations can use. Our goal is to increase the rate of recycling even further.”


“Reclaiming and recycling asphalt roads brings America the best possible pavements while conserving precious natural resources,” said Mike Krissoff, Executive Director of ARRA. “The members of both ARRA and NAPA are proud of the industry’s long track record of delivering quality and value.”


The National Asphalt Pavement Association is the only trade association that exclusively represents the interests of the asphalt pavement material producer/contractor on the national level with Congress, government agencies, and other national trade and business organizations. NAPA supports an active research program designed to improve the quality of asphalt pavements and paving techniques used in the construction of roads, streets, highways, parking lots, airports, and environmental and recreational facilities. The association provides technical, educational, and marketing materials and information to its members; supplies product information to users and specifiers of paving materials; and conducts training courses. The association, which counts more than 1,100 companies as its members, was founded in 1955.


The Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association is a non-profit trade association of contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, public officials, and engineers engaged in the recycling and reclaiming of asphalt, using the economies of recycling to rebuild a stronger and safer network of highways, streets and roads across the country and around the world.