Over the years, the asphalt industry has become a leader in finding new and innovative ways to make its products more environmentally friendly. According to the National Pavement Association, “as early as 1993, the Environmental Protection Agency and Federal Highway Administration identified asphalt pavement as America’s No. 1 recycled product in a report to Congress.”
At Lehman-Roberts, it’s important for us to be competitive within the industry, while still being able to provide our customers with the highest quality product. Currently, we recycle everything from asphalt to roofing shingles, and hope to become involved with experimental materials, such as tire rubber, in the future. In this region of the country, we tend to be on the forefront in terms of experimenting with new materials and processes that come out in the industry.
We measure our recycling metrics on a daily basis by keeping track of the the amount of recycled material we use. While there tends to be some variance due to the different mixtures, we typically use anywhere from 15 to 35 percent of recycled material in our product.
Sustainable business practices have become the social norm among companies across the nation. We at Lehman-Roberts are constantly thinking about new processes that better meet our society and environmental standards, whether that’s being able to use more recycled materials, or decreasing our carbon footprint by finding ways to burn less fuel. We are always open to trying new things in the industry and finding ways to make it work for us while still maintaining a high-quality product.
As a business-model, sustainability makes perfect sense, and Lehman-Roberts Company is a prime example of that. If we didn’t use recycled products, we wouldn’t be able to get our price point down for our customers and would fail to be competitive in the industry. Not only are we reducing harm to the environment, we are reducing the cost for our customers.
Learn about how our sister company, Memphis Stone & Gravel, values sustainability here.