Category Archives: Recycling

The Uses for Recycled Aggregate

Television personality Fred Rogers once said, “Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” This is true of many demolition projects; something old has reached the end of its usefulness, and it’s being demolished to make way for something new. It might be a building, a parking lot, a roadway, or a sidewalk, and there are usually plans to put something new in that space. Continue reading The Uses for Recycled Aggregate

Tucker Paving on board in a big way in recycling effort; ‘repurposing’ interesting, too

THE MANAGERS at Tucker Paving are big believers in recycling — the whole “Three R’s” philosophy of waste management and basic conservation: Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Like folks at home, they understand that even businesses — perhaps especially businesses, because of their size — can help to cut down on the tremendous amount of waste produced in this country and then, most often, just thrown away to add to the heaps in the local landfills. Continue reading Tucker Paving on board in a big way in recycling effort; ‘repurposing’ interesting, too

Have pavement problems? Put Tucker Paving on top of that

PAVEMENT — either in the form of roads, drives, or parking lots — affects all of us in one way or another each day, so the question above is one Tucker Paving, Inc., is asking folks in a new marketing campaign. Continue reading Have pavement problems? Put Tucker Paving on top of that

Tucker Paving aids news customer, COMANCO, in landfill expansion

THE NORTH CENTRAL LANDFILL is much more than the Polk County dump. It might not be noticeable from the outside, but on the inside it’s a very sophisticated and technologically advanced operation. We’ve even heard it described as a local “modern marvel.”

Today, the working parts of the county’s landfill property, located west of Winter Haven off Winter Lake Road (State Road 540), are larger than they were a year ago. Working with a new customer, COMANCO Environmental Corporation, Tucker Paving Inc. had a nice paving role in a major landfill expansion that wrapped up just recently.

The Plant City-based COMANCO company, a leading national provider of services in the geosynthetics marketplace, spearheaded all of the landfill construction work. Here’s what the company had to say in an Oct. 26 post on its Facebook site (

“COMANCO’s Superintendent Nathan Wilfong reporting ‘Live From the Field’ at the Polk County Landfill in Florida. This year-long landfill expansion project is finally complete as the COMANCO team demobilized from the site this week. COMANCO completed the 30-acre landfill cell which included a five layer geosynthetic system, leachate collection pipe and gravel, protective sand cover, rain tarp installation, site work which included the installation of new asphalt access roads, concrete pump station pads, and the surrounding stormwater system of the new cell. The crew did an excellent job to deliver the best quality product while keeping their focus on safety.”

COMANCO’s core services are liner/geosynthetics, pipework, gas collection, and earthmoving. Three partners, Mark Topp, T.R. Johnson, and Bob Johnson, started the company as an environmental and civil construction firm in 1989, five years before the launch of Tucker Paving. COMANCO is an acronym for COstruction MANagement COmpany. Originally based in Tampa, the company has operated from headquarters in Plant City since mid-2005. The company also has an office in Reno, Nev., and more than 250 employees overall.

According to the company’s website — — COMANCO has been recognized every year since 2004 by Engineering News Record as one of the top 200 environmental companies in America. The company reports that it has completed more than 3,000 projects in 27 years and that it installs more than 100 million square feet of geosynthetic liner every year.

The management of Tucker Paving is pleased that it had the opportunity to work with COMANCO on the big landfill project, and it’s happy to now be associated with one of the nation’s most prestigious construction companies in the environmental services sector.

ACAF slogan has it right … ‘Asphalt: Florida Rides on Us’

A RECENT SPECIAL EVENT put on by the Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida (ACAF), Inc. — the 40th Annual Asphalt Contractors Conference and Trade Show — was a great opportunity for four Tucker Paving team members to catch up with colleagues in the paving business and get up to speed quickly on current industry issues and new technologies.

Ray Curtis, Shawn Signore, Amanda Dawley, and Shane Rocker represented Tucker Paving at the conference, which was held in mid-September at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando. The four returned to the office with a lot of useful information and resources to share with management and fellow employees. Conference topics included work zone safety best practices, work zone innovations, research initiatives, paving electronics, current construction issues and ideas, and the state of the asphalt industry — particularly in the Sunshine State. Several 2016 ACAF Excellence in Pavement Awards were presented, too.

The ACAF has an interesting slogan — “Asphalt: Florida Rides on Us.” It’s not just a clever play on words; it’s a fact. The association reports that asphalt is, by far, the primary form of highway pavement in Florida. Asphalt makes up about 99 percent of Florida’s pavements and is the surface of choice for about 94 percent of the 2.27 million miles of paved roads throughout the United States. That includes 65 percent of the Interstate Highway System.

Asphalt clearly is the pavement of choice — for roads, parking lots, and many more applications — by Tucker Paving and other professional paving companies around the country. It’s a proven performer, it makes motoring smooth and fuel efficient, it can be customized to any paving application, and it has the lowest life-cycle cost of any paving option.

Asphalt also is “money in the bank” when it comes time for road resurfacing. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Highway Administration, about 90 million tons of asphalt pavement is reclaimed each year, and more than 80 percent of the reclaimed pavement is recycled. Tucker Paving has its own asphalt recycling operation, providing asphalt millings for its own road projects and the balance for sale to other companies and to the public.

If you want to learn a lot about asphalt and asphalt paving in a hurry, the websites for the Tallahassee-based ACAF (, the National Asphalt Pavement Association (, and Asphalt Pavement Alliance ( are excellent places to explore. These websites are rich with interesting facts, figures, and general information.

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You can put Tucker Paving’s crushed concrete to use in many ways

Because it’s good for the environment, easy on the landfills, and good for business, Tucker Paving Inc. is big on recycling construction materials — asphalt and concrete especially.

We recycle these materials from our own jobs and accept clean asphalt and concrete debris (such as waste underground pipes) from others. After we’ve taken these materials (usually in large chunks or in a not-so-refined state), broken them down into very small pieces (aggregate), and removed material that doesn’t belong (such as rebar), we’ll use what we need ourselves and offer the balance for sale to the public.

In a previous blog item, we touched on some of the ways recycled asphalt millings can be used, but what about aggregate from recycled concrete waste? It doesn’t take long to discover that the possible projects for recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) far exceed those for recycled asphalt.

Crushed concrete — the recycled kind is much less expensive than new concrete — can be used as a base under country roads, driveways, patios, and structural foundations and basements (depending on building code requirements). It can be used as a land filler (under proper conditions) and as inexpensive structural filler.

Concrete aggregate also can be used for walking paths, raised garden beds, terraces, retaining walls, and drainage applications. You can use it as a base for decorative outdoor border blocks and, depending on the refinement, as a good substitute for more expensive landscaping stone and even mulch.

RCA often is used as a substitute for gravel in new construction projects, reducing the need for gravel mining, and, if it’s free of contaminants, it can be used as the dry aggregate for new concrete.

If you can use some crushed concrete (or asphalt millings or even some fill dirt when we have it) for a large construction project or perhaps a smaller project for your home or business, let us know here at Tucker Paving. Your best contact is Barret Tucker, and the best way to reach him is by e-mail at

Asphalt millings great for country roads and so much more

Whether it’s old asphalt, old concrete, or even moved and unneeded dirt, we at Tucker Paving don’t like for any of it to go to waste. That why, in the case of asphalt and concrete, we chop it up into very small pieces, use as much as we can for our own jobs, and put the rest up for sale. In the case of dirt — clean fill dirt — we occasionally offer that for sale, too.

Asphalt millings are great for country roads, long private drives from paved roads to houses or barns, driveways on unrestricted properties, and even parking lots in some situations.

If you’re thinking about using traditional gravel for a project, you might want to consider using asphalt millings instead. Essentially recycled asphalt pavement (RAP), asphalt millings are relatively low in cost, long lasting, eco-friendly, almost maintenance free, and adaptable in all kinds of weather. However — and this is a big “however” — be careful with your selection of aggregate for areas that require good drainage. As time goes by, RAP will tend to compact in the soil and become, like pavement, fairly impermeable.

If you have questions about typical or potential uses for recycled concrete or asphalt, or if you want to inquire about purchasing recycled aggregate or clean fill dirt, e-mail Barret Tucker at