Asphalt shingle recycling is becoming very common as an alternative to sending materials to a landfill. Shingle recycling is the process of taking asphalt shingles from roof tear-offs and collecting them for reuse into another product, ensuring the material does not end up in a landfill. Roofing contractors should take care to understand the process and follow some “do’s and don’ts” to ensure that shingle recycling is an effective tool for improving their businesses.
- Find a recycler in your local area. Some resources include www.shinglerecycling.org, www.earth911.com, or 1-800-CLEANUP.
- Check the recycler’s business background and ensure they are legitimately recycling shingles. Using the resources above will help you determine the legitimacy of a recycler.
- Keep shingles clean of other debris like wood and metal, or separate materials within the load. Call your recycler before dropping off to determine the specific procedures at the site.
- Leave nails within the shingles, as they will be pulled out with strong magnets during the recycling process.
- Save money by recycling. Recycling is generally less expensive than using a landfill, can result in less travel time to and from the site, and typically has shorter lines than a landfill.
- Tell your customers that you are recycling their used shingles.
- Share your recycling success with customers. Many recyclers will report a percentage of materials recycled, including some who use green building standards for reporting, which you can pass on to homeowners or building owners.
- Assume there are no options for recycling in your market. Most major metro markets have recycling available.
- Use a recycler that you cannot assure is legitimately recycling shingles.
- Bring mixed loads and expect to be able to recycle or to receive the standard recycling rate.
- Spend excess time pulling out nails during the roof tear-off.
- Assume recycling will cost you more money or time.
- Leave recycling out of the sales discussion.
- Assume the homeowner or building owner is not interested in recycling practices and the percent of materials recycled.
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