What is Cuttler Process Recycling?
“Cuttler Process Recycling” is a type of street maintenance that provides a very low cost method that enables the public works officials to effectively re-use existing materials. It can save money for local governments and other purchasers, create additional business opportunities, save energy, and conserve diminishing resources of aggregates. According to the US Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association, cost savings can range from 20 to 40 percent over conventional techniques. It is claimed that energy savings can be from 40 to 50 percent.
Cuttler Process Recycling is a four-step process that is used to fix surface distresses that are not caused by structural inadequacies. The four steps of the process are:
1. Soften the asphalt pavement with heat.
2. Scarify the surface material.
3. Mix the material with any or all of recycling agent, asphalt binder, aggregate, or new mix.
4. Lay down and pave with the recycled material plus a top 1″ layer of virgin mix.
Cuttler Process Recycling offers tremendous cost savings in material, labor, and a reduction in duration of the repair activities. Another great benefit from Cuttler Process Recycling is that it can minimize detrimental environmental effects. Materials savings are realized from the reduction in new asphalt and aggregate. Energy savings result primarily from reduced aggregate haul and drying, and asphalt transportation. Cost savings are greatly influenced by length of aggregate haul and distance from the plant to the job site.