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Groups advocate use of rubber-modified asphalt. (Tires/Rubber).

Several organizations have met to discuss expanding the use of rubber-modified asphalt in road construction.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) and the Recycled Rubber Topical Group of the American Chemical Society's Rubber Division hosted the forum. Groups in attendance included the Asphalt Institute, the National Center for Asphalt Technology, the National Asphalt Pavement Association, the Rubber Pavements Association and the Institute of Recycling Industries.

Participants discussed approaches to increase the use of rubber-modified asphalt. The groups also identified the obstacles limiting its use, surveyed existing resources and evaluated the need for further technical input.

RMA Senior Technical Director Michael Blumenthal says, "We are hopeful that this forum will be the start of a useful project to educate state transportation leaders that will result not only in improved road surfaces, but also another method of taking old, worn-out tires and putting them to good use."
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Publication:Recycling Today
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 1, 2003
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