In 1989, in the face of a dwindling supply of high quality aggregate and a rising cost of oil, Skip Stothert realized that recycling roads was not only becoming more economical, it was becoming an environmental necessity. So he acquired RW Blacktop Ltd., now called Green Roads Recycling® Ltd., a hot-in-place asphalt recycling company.

In the 30 years that followed, this family-owned and operated company successfully recycled over 4500 kilometers of road. In fact, if you’ve driven anywhere in British Columbia, Canada, you’ve probably driven on a Green Roads Recycling® recycled road at some point.

Thanks to the forward thinking British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infastructure over thirteen thousand kilometres of road have been diverted from being trucked away stockpiled and down cycled! Let’s break that down some. That’s about 6 million tonnes of recycled asphalt, which is about 360,000 tonnes of oil and ~5.64 million tonnes of rock and sand. If that oil was new — as it is with conventional re-paving techniques — it would cost as much as $280 million (based on 2012 prices). And the rock would cost as much as $56 million. Compared to traditional paving that’s a savings of about $135 million!

Here’s another way to think about it: If you put all that recycled aggregate into 50-foot tandem dump trucks and lined them up bumper-to-bumper, the first truck would have it’s back-end in the Pacific ocean, the last truck would have it’s grill in the Atlantic. This shows not only that the hot-in-place technology is tested and proven, but so too is the company. And with oil and aggregate getting scarcer and more expensive, the company sees itself poised for another 30 years of good roadwork that’s also good for the environment. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re happy and proud to talk about the work we do.

Roads Recycled by Green Roads Recycling