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NAPA Works to Understand Use of Plastics in Asphalt Mixes
In October 2019, NAPA and the Asphalt Institute created a joint task force to evaluate the potential of using recycled plastics in asphalt. The task force hired the National Center for Asphalt Technology to conduct a literature review, which yielded two new documents: Recycled Plastics in Asphalt Part A: State of the Knowledge and Recycled Plastics in Asphalt Part B: Literature Review.
NAPA also discussed plastics on its latest podcast episode of "Pave It Black" and created a shareable video to inform political leaders, transportation officials, and the general public on what the asphalt industry is doing to evaluate the potential for using plastic in asphalt.
The release of these materials comes on the heels of the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act. Included in the legislation is a provision (Sec. 303, pg. 58) authorizing the National Academies of Science to conduct a study on repurposing plastic waste in infrastructure. In early August, the House of Representatives approved and sent to the Senate the fiscal year 2021 appropriation bill for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD). The bill included $800,000 for research on using plastic in infrastructure.
The NAPA staff is excited to announce the winners of our third annual fall photo contest, which received more than 70 photos from 26 companies.
According to a recent national survey, asphalt mix producers reclaimed 97 million tons of old asphalt pavement – that’s enough to fill up the dome of the U.S. Capitol 1,223 times.
In September, the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT) held its first annual virtual meeting, with more than 400 registered participants – a record number for the AAPT.
President Dwight Eisenhower fought hard to get Congress to pass the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 and was later dubbed “The Father of the Interstate System.” That’s why NAPA donated $25,000 to the new Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, the dedication ceremony for which was held Sept. 17 in Washington, D.C.
Now in its third year, the annual NAPA Fall Photo Contest engages members in workforce development at their company and #asphaltpride.
As Congress prepares to return next week, NAPA’s legislative efforts are now focused on three main objectives that need to be achieved by Sept. 30