4/24/15
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Ohio EPA Recycling Grant Helps Columbus with Sustainability Efforts; 3,500 Tons of Asphalt Shingles to be Diverted from Landfills

Columbus will incorporate an estimated 3,500 tons of reclaimed asphalt shingles (RAS) in pavement used to resurface residential streets, collectors and arteries in 2015 with help from a $156,775 grant from Ohio EPA.

The grant will help Columbus pay for RAS, which will be added to the hot asphalt mix used to repave 34 miles of 112 roads in North Linden and the southwestern quadrant of the city. The city has not previously used RAS as part of the road surface mix. Columbus will evaluate how effective the addition of residential recycled shingles is on a variety of road types and will consider whether this road material is a good addition to the variety the city uses.

Ohio EPA projects that asphalt with RAS will become less expensive in the future; currently, there is additional cost. The grant will cover the additional amount spent during the 2015 study phase.

If the RAS asphalt mix reduces rutting and cracking, and Columbus adopts it as a permanent asphalt mix for additional areas, the city estimates it could divert 6,304 tons of roofing shingles from landfills annually.

More information about funding opportunities can be found on Ohio EPA’s website.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.


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