Our supply of natural resources is limited, which is what makes conserving existing materials so important. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Highway Administration, asphalt pavement is America’s most recycled product. Over 90 million tons of asphalt products are recycled every year saving American taxpayers an estimated $1.8 billion dollars. New pavements that are placed alongside recycled content can also be recycled in the future, ensuring sustainability for years to come. Choosing asphalt is the green choice.
What we are doing
Narragansett Improvement recently converted its asphalt plant to accommodate the use of Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP) in the production of new hot-mix asphalt pavements. Whenever we remove asphalt from a project, it is brought to our Allens Ave. facility for recycling. After being crushed and screened, it is ready to be made into new hot mix asphalt. We recycle tens of thousands of tons of asphalt each year at our facility.
In addition, our asphalt plant burns waste oil in heating the aggregate, for the production of hot-mix asphalt pavement, a process Narragansett Improvement helped pioneer in the 1970’s. Waste oil is brought in from a vendor who collects used motor oil from cars, trucks and industrial processes. We burn several hundred thousand gallons of waste oil at our facility every year. By doing so not only do we save existing natural resources, we also help to provide an end-use for previously used products to be recycled.
Asphalt is sticky stuff and as a result, it needs to be cleaned off of our trucks, machinery and tools. Narragansett Improvement Co. uses only non toxic biodegradable release agents rather than petroleum based products, which can be harmful to the environment.
At our Allens Ave. facility we also process clean concrete, rock, gravel, and asphalt gravel mix, which is crushed and screened to create a recycled processed blend gravel base. This material is used as the gravel base in the construction of new pavements. In choosing this product you are helping conserve the use of virgin gravel products, which extends the life of existing gravel pit operations.
Narragansett Improvement also has vast experience in helping contractors and developers to achieve LEED certification goals. LEED provides third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across key metrics including: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, indoor environmental quality, stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. Call our office to discuss how you can make your operations more green friendly with options ranging from permeable asphalt pavements to manage storm water, LEED credits for recycling asphalt, concrete, and gravel, or Streetprint® coatings to reduce thermal absorption of the pavement. Let Narragansett Improvement help you meet you LEED certification goals.
Make the green choice for your next project Call Narragansett Improvement Company.