The Borough of Medford Lakes is proud to introduce our newest piece of equipment, the KM T-2 Asphalt Recycler. After almost two years of research and planning the purchase of this machine will fill a much-needed hole in our Department of Public Works (DPW) duties; the permanent filling of pot holes!
We have all seen them, or maybe not until we've run over them, but regardless they are a problem. Pot holes on our trails make driving, biking, and even walking a challenge at times. The process for filling pot holes up to this point was through what is commonly called "cold patch". Cold patch is a material that fills the hole, but as most of you have seen, is not a permanent fix. The material used in cold patch is not as robust as asphalt, and when the asphalt plants shut down, cold patch is what is used. The cost of cold patch to the Borough approximately $10k per year. That's $10k for a non-permanent fix. With the purchase of our new machine (the cost was approximately $78k) we can now permanently fill the holes by making our own asphalt from recycled material from our road programs.
The materials to make the new asphalt are called "millings" and that is what is removed from the top of the roadway when new asphalt is laid (Lenape Trail and Trading Post Way was milled and paved this year). That scraped up asphalt milling is regenerated into 100% reusable asphalt! Not only is it environmentally responsible to recycle millings, it is also cost effective. It eliminates the use of cold patch ($10k per year) and permanently fixes the problem. This investment will pay for itself in approximately 6 years when all job costs are calculated, but the benefit is immediate. Our Trails will have patches that don't re-open, will be smoother than the previous method, and will cost less in the long run to complete.
Responsible recycling and cost effective programs are the goal. Programs like these are your tax dollars at work!
The picture above shows the KM T-2 Asphalt Recycle at work. You'll note the White smoke emanating from the top of the unit. This is steam from the evaporation of moisture in the millings we have on site. It is not burning anything, just heating the millings to create recycled asphalt. The clean diesel fired heater meets all EPA/DEP requirements, and the manufacturer has over 300 units nationwide in operation.