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Recycling Asphalt in San Francisco

Currently, 15 percent of asphalt taken from these streets is recycled. SF's goal is to increase asphalt recycling to a minimum of 30 percent.

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Asphalt recycling

San Francisco's Department of Public Works (DPW) Bureau of Street & Sewer Repair recently demonstrated a portable asphalt recycling machine (asphalt recycler) that the city is considering for purchase.

DPW sees the acquisition of an asphalt recycler as a way to support its efforts in cost-efficiency and environmentally-friendly work practices San Francisco has been researching ways to fill potholes and patch paved streets while decreasing the amount of construction debris that goes to the landfill.

Currently, 15 percent of asphalt taken from these streets is recycled. A proposed goal is to increase asphalt recycling to a minimum of 30 percent, which would equate to an approximate savings of eight to twelve tons of asphalt per day otherwise sent to the landfill.

San Francisco is currently in the specification process to purchase its own asphalt recycler. The asphalt recycler being considered by the city produces recycled asphalt at a cost of $15 to $20 per ton. Currently, DPW produces asphalt at a market-rate cost of $70 to $85 per ton for paving work. In addition, the materials used in the asphalt recycler being considered are 100 percent recycled material.

For more information on San Francisco’s recent asphalt recycling demonstration, contact Larry Stringer, San Francisco’s Department of Public Works, at (415) 695-2090.

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