Recycled Asphalt

Total Asphalt has invested time and capital into the recycling of asphalt. This assists in reducing the environmental impact of the amount of waste to landfill. Total Asphalt is proud to have successfully achieved where others within the industry have not quite mastered. This technology assists Total Asphalt to keep overheads down and allows us to pass cost reductions onto our clients.

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Case Study: Asphalt Recycling

The following case study outlines Total Asphalt’s diversification into a niche market that has benefited the company’s bottom line in only two years.  Total Asphalt has utilised over 40 years of in-house experience to develop an innovative process which produces sustainable, environmentally beneficial and cost-effective recycled asphalt.  The company is currently the only provider of mobile recycled asphalt services in Western Australia. 

In 2012, Total Asphalt began to investigate the benefits of diversifying its product offerings to include recycled asphalt.  The company evaluated a number of mobile asphalt recycling machines available overseas and selected a machine from Adelaide. 

Total Asphalt has since conducted extensive research and development into the modification of the mobile recycling plant to ensure the quality and sustainability of the recycled product.  The standard output of many machines available in the open market is ten tonnes of recycled asphalt an hour.  Over the last two years, Total Asphalt has increased the original output of the machine to 15 tonnes an hour.  The company has also increased the quality of the original recycled asphalt mix by at least 70%.   

Recycled asphalt provides significant financial advantages by reducing the costs associated with the purchase of raw materials, transport, and waste disposal.  Recycling asphalt also reduces the need to use non-renewable resources such as oil and gravel, reduces waste going to landfill, and reduces the emissions created through asphalt production.  For example, the fuel required to produce 35 tonnes of asphalt is equivalent to the production of only one tonne of virgin asphalt. 

Total Asphalt’s production of recycled asphalt on site provides a massive cost savings to clients, especially in the vast Goldfields-Esperance region with a land area of over 700,000 km.  Crushing at the site ensures that the project is completed faster and significantly reduces the transport costs associated with waste going to landfills which, in remote areas, can be a major distance.

In the 2012/13 financial year, the recycled asphalt division grew exponentially and the company intends to continue to invest in this division whilst maintaining its core business of supplying and laying virgin asphalt.  The growth in the recycled asphalt division can be largely attributed to the quality and sustainability of the product and, most significantly, the cost savings to Total Asphalt’s clients.

In 2012, McDonalds, Kalgoorlie, requested the use of recycled asphalt on the Boulder Road premises.The environmental benefits of recycled asphalt were of upmost importance to McDonalds which receives ongoing scrutiny about the amount of carbon emissions the organisation emits.The entire car park and drive-through areas were produced with recycled asphalt and the product is tested on a regular basis to ensure the wear and tear on the product is in-line with virgin asphalt.  To date, the product has tested positively with results indicating that the recycled product is upholding the normal wear and tear of virgin asphalt. 

Total Asphalt, a niche provider of mobile recycled asphalt services in Western Australia, has recently completed 28 rail crossings for John Holland/Brookfield Rail and a number of bike paths for the Shire of Coolgardie and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.  The company has a large number of upcoming recycled asphalt projects for a variety of clients many consisting of regional Shires.  Total Asphalt is also working closely with the Department of Main Roads to ensure that the recycled product meets their standards and requirements for highways and major roads.    

The company is dedicated to its continued investment in the development of innovative methods, over and beyond recycled asphalt, that bring cost savings to their clients and reduce the impact of asphalt production on the environment.