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Green Paving Materials: More Cities Are Moving Away From Traditional Asphalt for Streets

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One of the UNIQUE products that we’re most proud of is our UPM Green Cold Mix, which is an eco-friendly asphalt pavement repair product that focuses on protecting our environment.  And as you can see this article, more cities across the country are starting to push the use of green asphalt products for municipal street repairs.

Earlier this year, voters in Berkeley, California gave their approval to a bond that would finance environmentally-friendly street paving projects.  The bond was presented as a way for the city to start moving away from strictly using asphalt paving materials in its future road repairs.

Traditional asphalt uses petroleum products and various refinery and industrial wastes in its production, and streets themselves are sometimes covered with chemical sealants which can also pollute the environment (there’s a reason why harsh chemicals like these sometimes require hazmat safety lockers just to store them properly) .  Some states, such as Minnesota and Washington, have already banned the use of some kinds of hazardous asphalt sealants.

Community leaders in Berkeley are encouraging the city to use the approved bond to aggressively pursue street paving options that minimize the use of traditional petroleum-based asphalt products.  Municipalities across the nation are beginning to research eco-friendly options for street repairs, and UNIQUE Paving Materials is proud to offer green solutions that provide the same durability and quality as traditional pavement repair products.

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And remember: when cities use UPM Green asphalt repair materials, more than 90% of the repaired potholes never need to be patched again.  That helps municipalities save money for their taxpayers while they protect the environment.

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WKYC Covers UNIQUE Paving Materials & Our Non-Coal Tar Sealer – INTEGRA-SEAL®

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It started when USA Today published an article on the potential hazards of coal tar sealer – a pavement sealing solution that several studies have concluded to contain hazardous chemicals that elevate lifetime cancer risk. Concern over the risk of these chemicals leaching into the soil and getting into water supplies via rainwater run-off have caused an increasing  number of cities and municipalities, as well as hardware mega-stores such as Lowe’s, Ace Hardware and the Home Depot, to ban its sale and use.

Local television news station WKYC of Cleveland then contacted UNIQUE Paving Materials regarding our own INTEGRA-SEAL®, a non-coal tar sealer featuring zero VOCs & PAHs as well as no coal tar at all. Indeed, UNIQUE started working on a more environmentally friendly, asphalt-based sealants twenty years ago.

WKYC came to UNIQUE’s facilities in the Cleveland area and interviewed our President, Michael Pemberton, about coal tar sealer as well as our innovative replacement product in INTEGRA-SEAL®. We were delighted to get the good press about our great product, as well as to participate in the ongoing dialogue about coal tar sealant.

 

Questions? Concerns? You can contact UNIQUE and we will get back to you. Feel free to comment on this blog post below as well to get your own dialogue started on this important issue.

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