We are the independent voice of the pavement recycling and reclaiming industry.
Promote. Educate. Lead.
Approved July 12, 2017, by the ARRA Board of Directors
The Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association has many accomplishments of note, including the annual FHWA/ARRA In-Place Recycling Workshop, the publication of the Basic Asphalt Recycling Manual, the Federal Highway Administration’s adoption of an official policy on recycling, the National Highway Institute’s asphalt recycling and reclaiming training course, special features in the trade press, and several very successful joint annual meetings with the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association and the International Slurry Surfacing Association. ARRA members are seeing their industry organization get caught up and putting its tools to work as it continues to make its technology known throughout the highway community.
No matter what goes on with politics, social issues, or the economy, one thing is certain – America needs its highways. Everyone acknowledges that sooner or later all roads have to be maintained, preserved, and rehabilitated, and that the methods represented by ARRA offer the least expensive, longest lasting alternatives for stretching available dollars. Our future is bright!
ARRA members are an integral part of this continuing effort for system preservation and rehabilitation to provide a safe, cost-efficient, and comprehensive network of roads and highways. The asphalt recycling and reclaiming industry remains a strong, healthy component of the highway maintenance, rehabilitation, and preservation market. Public agencies are stretching their dollars by paying increased attention to the benefits of recycling, and reclaiming their existing asphalt pavements. Environmentalists, taxpayers and legislators will be pleased to know that ARRA member contractors are responsible for keeping literally millions of tons of asphalt out of North American landfills.
ARRA continues to take steps to increase its visibility on federal, state, and local levels. We are actively involved with the FHWA, FP2 Inc., and the National Center for Pavement Preservation. Our Annual Meeting is held jointly with the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association (AEMA) and the International Slurry Surfacing Association (ISSA). ARRA’s membership in the American Highway Users Association, the Transportation Construction Coalition, FP2 Inc., and TRIP (The Road Information Program), helps keep us attuned to what is going on at the Federal level and provides us with key contacts. A cornerstone of ARRA’s efforts to increase the market share for recycled asphalt has been our work through local organizations, universities, and technology transfer centers to conduct seminars which benefit those involved in the design, construction and maintenance of streets, roads and highways.
Throughout the year, ARRA members continue to participate in a wide range of local, regional and national seminars and conferences to promote the industry and the recent improvements in technology. Our members have been speakers for programs sponsored by various state superintendents’ organizations, county engineers’ associations and other highway-related groups.
ARRA continues to serve as an excellent network for the information exchange and technology transfer among professionals in the highway industry. Although the Association does not maintain a technical staff, we continue to address a surprisingly large volume of inquiries, which are distributed to various member experts to formulate a timely, non-biased response. ARRA will continue to be able to address concerns of a technical nature by calling upon the tremendous bank of expertise that exists throughout its membership. Time and again, persons calling ARRA Headquarters after receiving little useful assistance from other sources are thrilled to be referred to a member or members who can answer their questions. ARRA gets the job done!
The dissemination of information is one of the most valuable services any trade association can perform, and in the past year, ARRA headquarters and the ARRA website again responded to countless direct inquiries; members and committee chairs responded to many more. In one way or another, every one of our responses serves to promote the asphalt recycling and reclaiming processes.
ARRA continues to be a forum for the exchange of ideas and solutions to recycling concerns. More importantly, ARRA will continue to develop new programs, strategies and funding not only to improve the technological side of the industry but to increase the market share for recycled asphalt, as compared to other types of maintenance, preservation, and rehabilitation options.
With new programs being planned at the committee and regional levels, and coordinated at the national level, the Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association is able to more readily respond to the needs of its members and the public, for rebuilding a stronger and safer network of highways, streets and roads across the country and around the world.