MoDOT recycling plan reduces landfill waste, saves money

Kara Marxer
May 29, 2018 - 6:30 am

Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation say they are putting more effort into recycling as a way to reduce material and labor costs.

Last year MoDOT used recycled roof shingles and pavement in about 3.2 million tons of new asphalt. The practice saved about $17.5 million, according to MoDOT figures.

The department is also recycling concrete, steel, aluminum and timber, to reduce the amount of junk that is tossed in the state's landfills. Recycling kept more than 3.6 billion pounds of waste material out of landfills over the past four years, according to the MoDOT website.

The state recycles more than 20,000 car tires a year in the manufacture of asphalt. 

There is a cost to recycle some materials, but MoDOT was able to recoup about $282,000 in 2017, said Jonathan Varner, spokesman.

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