We drive on them every day but seldom do we think of the fact that B.C. has some of the world’s “greenest” roads. That is, in large part, thanks to a Fernie-based company called Green Roads Recycling, which is a recognized leader in Hot-In-Place Asphalt Recycling (HIPAR).
Green Roads Recycling is celebrating 30-years in business in 2019. They work with provincial and municipal governments along with commercial enterprises across Western Canada.
“B.C. has the most sustainable roads in the world and is the best at recycling their asphalt roads,” said
Shane Stohert, owner of GreenRoads Recycling. “We have champions working in our government. They stand up and do what is best for the citizens of our province.”
For example, in 2016/17, Green Roads Recycling recycled close to 330 kilometres of provincial highway, conserving 52,800 barrels of oil, 148,500 tonnes of aggregate and 8,910 tonnes of GHGs. Developed in partnership with BC’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, HIPAR is world-leading technology that turns what most would consider a depreciating asset— roads—into an appreciating one.
When you stop to think about it, Shane Stothert said, “It’s cradle-to-cradle life cycle costing—not cradle-to-grave. We need to think critically and not allow resources to be squandered and/or downcycled. We need to stop planned obsolescence.”
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