Asphalt

We see things differently. 

Our world is changing. Earth’s global population is now more than 7 billion people, and we are on our way to exceed 9 billion over the next 30 years. Half of the population lives in urban areas – meaning that 4 billion people use roadways, around the globe, every single day. Roads connect us, support our communities, feed our families, and keep us safe. They’re an essential component of infrastructure – and an opportunity to help protect our planet.

Taking another route

With this many people around, the impact of our waste is considerable to say the least. Landfills account for some of the highest methane emissions on the planet. If we can reduce the waste sitting in landfills, we can reduce the GHG emissions – and subsequent negative impacts – on our climate. 

Lafarge has been developing technologies and performance testing since the 1960’s, that have confirmed we can successfully divert waste from landfills to our roadways with the use of Recycled Asphalt Paving. It’s simple, really: Asphalt is made of binder or bitumen mixed with sand and gravel, or aggregates.. If we can bring in recycled materials to make up some of that mixture, we can also reduce the amount of bitumen and aggregates. 

Less bitumen + less virgin aggregates + more recycled content =
less debris in landfills and reduced environmental and mining disruption

Advanced technology & industry leaders

Recycled asphalt paving in and of itself isn’t a brand new idea. But our technology – and our testing – is. Across Western Canada, our labs and technicians are Canadian Council of Certified Laboratories (CCIL) certified annually to perform the quality control and assurance testing that our customers, and Canadian municipalities, need. In Edmonton, AB, we run a specifically targeted asphalt binder laboratory that is an accredited American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) facility. 

Our testing frequency confirms 1 sample per 500 tonnes of production – no matter where you are, or what your project includes. We test mix designs across BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Air voids

  • VMA

  • VFA

  • Asphalt content

  • Gradation