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Title: Putting Earth Day into Practice Every Day: The Recycled Materials Resource Center


1
Putting Earth Day into Practice Every Day  The
Recycled Materials Resource Center
Dr. Jeffrey Melton Dr. Craig Benson Dr. Kevin
Gardner April 22nd, 2008
2
Webinar Presentations
  • Presentation 1 Recycled Materials and the RMRC
    by Dr. Jeffrey Melton. 
  • Presentation 2 Engineering properties of
    Recycled Materials by Dr. Craig Benson. 
  • Presentation 3 Sustainability in the Highway
    Environment by Dr. Kevin Gardner. 

3
History of the RMRC
  • Established through TEA-21 in 1998
  • National center in partnership with FHWA
  • Focus on the long term engineering and
    environmental performance of recycled materials
    in the highway environment
  • Main activities are research and outreach
  • Annual budget of 1.3 million, majority for
    research
  • 20 non-Federal cost sharing

4
History of the RMRC
  • Additional funding in 2007 from competitive bid
  • Partnership with FHWA and University of Wisconsin
  • Increased interaction with US EPA, Industry
  • Annual budget of 1.5 million with 500,000 from
    FHWA, rest from Pooled Fund and 50 cost sharing
    requirement

5
RMRC Research
39 Research Projects
6
RMRC Research
U.S. EPA protocol
New recycled materials
State DOT specification
Computational models
New recycling technology
Research Products
ASTM methods
State EPA protocol
  • AASHTO Specifications
  • Provisional/standard materials
  • Specifications
  • Guide specification
  • Standard method of testing
  • Technology ready for implementation

7
RMRC Related Standards
  • PP 56-06 Evaluating the Engineering and
    Environmental Suitability of Recycled Materials.
    Accepted by AASHTO SOM as a provisional
    recommended practice.
  • M 319-02 Reclaimed Concrete Aggregate for Unbound
    Soil-Aggregate Base Course Developed by Project
    13/14 and accepted by AASHTO SOM as a standard
    materials specification.
  • MP 9-06 Compost for Erosion/Sediment Control
    (Filter Berms and Filter Socks) Developed by
    Project 21 and accepted by AASHTO SOM as a
    provisional materials specification.
  • MP 10-03 (2005) Compost for Erosion/Sediment
    Control (Compost Blankets) Developed by Project
    21 and accepted by AASHTO SOM as a provisional
    materials specification.
  • MP 15-06 Use of Reclaimed Asphalt Shingles as an
    Additive in Hot-Mix Asphalt Developed jointly by
    Projects 13/14 and 22, accepted by AASHTO SOM as
    a provisional materials specification.
  • MP 16-07 Reclaimed Concrete Aggregate for Use as
    Coarse Aggregate in Hydraulic Cement Concrete
    Developed by Project 13/14, this standard was
    balloted by the AASHTO SOM this winter. If it
    passes, it will be released in the spring as
    provisional materials specification.

8
RMRC Related Standards (Cont.)
  • M 318-02 Glass Cullet Use for Soil-Aggregate Base
    Course Developed by Project 13/14 and accepted
    by AASHTO SOM as a standard materials
    specification.
  • PP 53-06 Design Considerations When Using
    Reclaimed Asphalt Shingles in New Hot-Mix
    Asphalt Developed jointly by Projects 13/14 and
    22, accepted by AASHTO SOM as a provisional
    recommended practice.
  • PP XX-XX Coal Combustion Fly Ash for Embankments
    This draft standard is under review by SOM
    Technical Section 1a and should be balloted by
    the Technical Section for the 2008 meeting.
  • MP XX-XX Recycled Plastic Pins Used to Stabilize
    Slopes This proposed standard was developed by
    Project 24 and has been submitted to the SOM, but
    has not been assigned to a technical section.
  • Under consideration cement stabilized full depth
    reclamation, included recommended practices

9
RMRC Outreach
  • Website www.recycledmaterials.org
  • RMRC sponsored conference sessions
  • RMRC sponsored workshops
  • Beneficial Use of Recycled Materials in
    Transportation Applications Conference
  • Software and documents

10
RMRC Workshop Map
11
RMRC Recycled Materials Workshops
  • Four workshops Northeast, Southeast, Midwest,
    West
  • Invite SOM, SCOE, FHWA, State EPA, US EPA
  • Focus on training new Recycling Coordinators,
    improving DOT recycling programs
  • Improve communication

12
RMRC Workshop Format
  • Four major material-application modules
  • Overview of the Toolbox
  • Overview of environmental characterization
  • Review of successful recycling programs
  • Discussion of region specific issues

13
Moving Forward
RMRC MISSION The RMRC will develop and
distribute technology needed to use recycled
materials in the transportation infrastructure in
a cost-effective and environmentally sound manner.
14
Plan
  • Develop specifications, standards, and design
    guides that provide all information needed to
    design and evaluate use of a recycled material in
    transportation construction.
  • Through outreach mechanisms, get these adopted
    and used by states and municipalities.

15
Looking Ahead
  • RMRC is optimistic about ability to facilitate
    real change recycled materials use.
  • GRESTTM , materials exchanges and other
    initiatives we expect to lead to increased use.
  • We hope to be able to supply regulators with
    decision analysis tools to assist them in
    assuring wise uses of materials.
  • We are here as a resource to anything that
    assists in achieving our vision.

16
Pooled Fund Study
RMRC Pooled Fund Solicitation Recycled Materials
Resource Center www.pooledfund.org id 1177 4
Years, 20 states, 30K for 3 years, 23k for the
4th year www.rmrc.unh.edu/rmrc-proposal.asp
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