FHWA's Recycling Policy states that "Recycled Materials should get first consideration in overall materials selection." Environmental stewardship is also one of FHWA's fundamental principles in designing, building and maintaining Sustainable Pavement Systems. At this co-hosted national conference, transportation engineers, highway designers, and material suppliers will share best practices in how the reuse of industrial materials enhances sustainable pavement performance. Attendees will also learn what types of web-based tools and resources are available to guide decisions on sustainable material choices. Roundtables involving all participants will assist FHWA and other partners in identifying needs and developing better training tools and information resources.
View the Agenda for the 2012 Industrial Materials Conference
View the Presentations from the 2011 Industrial Materials Conference held in Austin, Texas
FHWA's Recycling Policy
Please visit: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/pavement/recycling/
For more information, please contact Lee Gallivan, FHWA Recycling Program Manager, at 317-226-7493 or by E-MAIL.
The engineering feasibility of using recycled materials has been demonstrated in research, field studies, experimental projects and long-term performance testing and analysis. Significant advances in technology over the past decade have increased the types of recycled materials in use and the range of their applications. When appropriately used, recycled materials can effectively and safely reduce cost, save time, offer equal or, in some cases, significant improvement to performance qualities, and provide long-term environmental benefits.
FHWA has established agency goals for enhancing the human and natural environment, increasing mobility, raising productivity, improving safety throughout the highway industry, and preserving national security. All of these goals are stated in the FHWA strategic plan, and the FHWA will assure that the recycling policy and recycling programs are in alignment with those goals and underlying principles.
The FHWA recycling policy statement is offered to advance the use of recycled materials in highway applications. It is intended to provide leadership, direction, and technical guidance to the transportation community for the use of recycling technology and materials in the highway environment.
The FHWA policy is:
- Recycling and reuse can offer engineering, economic and environmental benefits.
- Recycled materials should get first consideration in materials selection.
- Determination of the use of recycled materials should include an initial review of engineering and environmental suitability.
- An assessment of economic benefits should follow in the selection process.
- Restrictions that prohibit the use of recycled materials without technical basis should be removed from specifications.
FHWA has a longstanding position that any material used in highway or bridge construction, be it virgin or recycled, and shall not adversely affect the performance, safety or the environment of the highway system. This remains a cornerstone in our policy statement. In order to foster innovation and future development we support research, field trials, and project demonstrations showcasing the findings. The partnership between FHWA and the Industrial Resources Council (IRC) is an example of the policy to enhance and encourage the use of industrial byproducts in highway and road construction.
Industrial Resources Council
The IRC is a coalition of industry associations whose mission is to advance the sustainable reuse of the more than 600 million tons per year of industrial materials generated by key American economic sectors: construction and demolition materials, residuals from pulp and paper mills, foundry sand, coal ash, steel slag and tire-derived aggregate.
The Industrial Resources Council partners with FHWA and other transportation agencies on a variety of technical and information outreach programs. These include presentations at national and regional conferences; state specific workshops; webinars; and assistance with general questions about reusing industrial materials. If your transportation agency or association is interested in general or specific information or specific information about the use of IRC materials, please contact the IRC.
For more information, please vist other pages on the IRC website or contact any of the members of the IRC through the Contact Us page of this website.