Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 4, 2012 -- GreenShingle announced an agreement with Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt to collaborate in the recruitment of a national network of recycle sites for asphalt roofing shingles.
The agreement provides a significant addition to GreenShingle’s list of recycle sites. It also provides greater opportunities for contractors to save money when recycling, and gives consumers a recycling option. “This program not only helps the environment by reducing waste that was previously sent to landfills, but it is also responsive to the homeowner’s requests for recycling shingles from roof repair and replacements,” said Barry Hornbacher, shingle recycling program manager at Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, each year over 10 million tons of asphalt shingles are removed from homes during reroofing. Much of that material continues to be put in landfills, where the shingles may take over 300 years to decompose. Recycling asphalt shingles is one of the solutions to this problem. GreenShingle works with homeowners and contractors to help ensure that the shingles are properly disposed of in one of their strategically located certified recycle sites, making it easy for those who choose to participate.
The recycled asphalt shingles are redirected from area landfills and are then used as a petroleum and aggregate substitute in the manufacturing of Hot Mix Asphalt, which is used in road paving. One normal-sized roof recycled into road mix makes about 200 feet of a two-lane highway. And, due to its physical characteristics, the asphalt pavement produced from recycled shingles can be longer lasting than traditional asphalt pavement products.
In light of the economic and sustainable benefits, recycling asphalt shingles has been endorsed by the Department of Environmental Protection as well as the Federal Department of Transportation.