Reclaimed asphalt pavement fractionated at customers’ job sites
HOUSTON, TEXAS (April 26, 2011)— Cherry, the Houston-based recycling and demolition company, now makes it easier and cheaper for road crews to recycle asphalt roadway material by bringing its fractionating equipment to their job sites. Once in place, the portable processing equipment fractionates asphalt roadway material into Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) for use in hot mix asphalt.
By fractionating RAP at the job site, contractors save time and transportation costs because asphalt material doesn’t need to be trucked to another location for processing. The portable equipment fractionates asphalt material to a guaranteed size—1/2-inch to smaller—that can be immediately used in making hot mix asphalt for new roadways.
According to Wesley Guidry, division manager for Cherry’s portable equipment, fractionated RAP can comprise up to 25 percent of hot mix asphalt. This reduces the amount of virgin materials and oil needed for the finished product. And, it results in a lower finished product price.
“Crews that recycle by using fractionated RAP also are helping preserve the environment by reducing the amount of asphalt material that is dumped in landfills,” Guidry explained.
Cherry’s portable fractionating equipment is capable of producing between 800 to 1,000 tons of RAP per day and can be mobilized to job sites throughout Texas and Louisiana.
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), using recycled highway materials in pavement construction preserves the natural environment, reduces waste and provides a cost effective material for constructing highways. Specifically, the FHWA promotes the use of RAP because it can have the greatest economical, environmental and engineering impact in pavement recycling.
Cherry is a recycling and demolition company based in Houston, Texas. Founded in 1952, Cherry specializes in the removal of all types of structures—from highways and bridges, industrial plants and commercial buildings to residences through demolition and other deconstruction techniques. In addition, we are one of the largest recyclers in Texas and Gulf Coast. Recycling more than a million tons of concrete and asphalt and thousands of tons of steel every year, Cherry also recycles residential composition asphalt shingles. Recycled concrete and asphalt is returned primarily in road and highway projects while re-claimed steel ends up in thousands of new metal products. Cherry also mixes stabilized materials for use in everything from parking lots and underground utilities to pipeline support and storm sewers. For more information, see www.cherrycompanies.com.