The asphalt pavement industry has a long history of incorporating reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) and other recycled materials – including recycled tire rubber, slags, recycled asphalt shingles (RAS), glass, and even pig manure -- right back into the mix, creating a strong foundation for a circular economy.
NAPA, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), quantifies the use of these technologies through an annual survey. The full reports include state-by-state breakdowns of recycled materials usage.
Recycling By the Numbers
2.6 Million Metric Tons The amount of CO2e spared from the atmosphere in 2021 through the use of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) in new mixtures—up 0.3 MMT from the previous year
94.6 Million Tons The amount of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) recycled into new mixes in 2021—an 8.74% increase over the previous year
95% The percentage of asphalt mixture reclaimed from old asphalt pavements and put back to use in new pavements in 2021—up from 93% the previous year
630,000 Tons The amount of recycled asphalt shingles (RAS) put to use into asphalt mixes in 2021—up 8% from the previous year
26 Million Barrels The amount of virgin asphalt binder that was replaced by recycled binder from RAP and RAS in 2021—up 2 million barrels from the previous year