Program aims hopes to increase the recycling of asphalt shingles.
GreenShingle has signed an agreement with Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt, Toledo, Ohio, to collaborate in the recruitment of a national network of recycling sites to recycle asphalt shingles. GreenShingle says that the program will expand the number of sites that will take in and recycle asphalt shingles.
“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,” says Barry Hornbacher, shingle recycling program manager at Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt. “Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt are proud to support this important initiative and continue to encourage its contractors to take the roofing shingle recycling pledge as well as encouraging homeowners to make a commitment to recycle their shingles.”
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, each year more than 10 million tons of asphalt shingles are removed from homes during reroofing. Much of that material is landfilled. 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 recycled and then used as a petroleum and aggregate substitute in the manufacturing of hot mix asphalt, which is used in road paving.
GreenShingle’s program has been endorsed by the Department of Environmental Protection as well as the Federal Department of Transportation.