What is recycled from where

Asphalt

Along with Steel, asphalt is heavily recycled. 99% of asphalt material is recycled and re-used in roads and roofing.


Asphalt also contains recycled oils from many sources, including used motor oils from drilling rigs, and waste contaminated oil which is first cleaned and then used for asphalt.

Concrete

Sadly, recycling of concrete in the US lags behind the rest of the world, but this is changing as more contractors seek LEED and SMART certification.


However, even new concrete often contains "aggregate" derived from recycling.  Rock brought up in the well drilling process is tested and can be recycled in aggregate or cleaned in a Cement Kiln.

Steel

Steel from many sources, is recycled, and each year more steel is recycled than paper, plastic and aluminum COMBINED.


Steel from old drilling rigs, storage tanks and used drill pipes has been recycled for many years. Since steel is often imported, there's no way to get "oil-well drilling-free" steel.

We NEED TO RECYCLE

By Recycling We:

  • Produce less carbon
  • Conserve natural resources
  • Save energy
  • Reduce pollution
  • Minimize landfills
  • Create 757,000 jobs; $36.6 billion in wages; and $6.7 billion in tax revenues.

According to the USGS, recycling of Steel, EVERY YEAR, saves enough energy, to power 20% of US households

Say NO! To ANY Bans Which Prevent Recyling and Beneficial Use

Local bans by towns like Greenwich and Ridgefield, which prohibit "treated" products and "beneficial use," hinder ALL Recycling.


This is because recycled materials from many sources are combined and are indistinguishable. 


In fact, it is often not possible to obtain materials, like asphalt, or steel with ZERO recycled content. In these cases banning one source of recycled materials bans all recycling.