Driving toward more sustainable roads with less plastic waste

Plastic waste is a huge issue around the world. One way to help stop the flow of this waste is to use recycled polymer modified asphalt for roads, parking lots, and other pavement.

Polymer modified asphalt – or PMA – is a proven solution for making better pavement. How proven? Our ELVALOY™ Reactive Elastomeric Terpolymer (RET) products have been enhancing PMAs for nearly 30 years. That’s almost three decades of excellent performance, long service life, and lower life cycle costs compared to conventional, neat asphalt.

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Paving the way to more sustainable roads – and less plastic waste

Recycled polymer modified asphalt (RPMA) takes pavement in a new direction by adding post-consumer recycle content (PCR) to the mix. To make RPMA, we replace some of the ELVALOY™ RET used in PMA with PCR…typically polyethylene-rich recycled plastics (RPE). Of course, it’s easier said than done. Great understanding and precise control of the materials and process are needed to help ensure high quality results.