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Recycling at MoDOT

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How do you recycle road materials? This is how we do it!


  • MoDOT has used enough recycled tires in its construction projects over the past two years to equip 20,000 cars.
  • MoDOT crews clean up more than 80,000 car tires – about 600 tons – that are left on state highways every year. These tires are ground up and used as fuel for power plants.
  • About 70 percent of state highway signs are produced from reclaimed material, making the signs cheaper and faster to get. U
  • Each year, MoDOT recycles more than 7,000 light bulbs from traffic signals, street lights and office buildings - enough to light 155 homes.


  • When striping Missouri’s highways, MoDOT uses 10 million pounds of recycled glass beads.
  • MoDOT can actually reuse asphalt directly in place by heating it, processing it on the road and relaying it. The process is called "Hot In-Place Recycling" and it saves Missourians millions of dollars every year.
  • Missouri law requires new state vehicles to meet or exceed the corporate average fuel efficiency standards of 27.5 miles per gallon for passenger cars and 20.7 miles per gallon for light duty trucks. MoDOT has exceeded these mandates, achieving 34.4 miles per gallon for passenger cars and 23.8 miles per gallon for light duty trucks.
  • More than 45 percent of the diesel fuel purchased by MODOT in FY ‘07 was biodiesel, or B20. MoDOT has earned a large amount of Biodiesel Tax Credits in the amount of $453,898.
  • In the past four years, MoDOT has used enough recycled shingles to roof 305 houses.


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