Owens Corning, Toledo, Ohio, through its roofing business has announced a strategic alliance with Earth911, Inc., to expand shingle recycling opportunities for contractors and consumers. The alliance, says Owens Corning, supports its commitment to sustainable roofing practices and broadens the scope of the company's shingle recycling program by providing access to contractors who utilize local shingle recyclers found on Earth911.com, host of a recycling directory in North America.
In 2009, Owens Corning Roofing established the nation's first shingle recycling program in alliance with Heritage Environmental Services. Since its inception, the program has recycled more than 80,000 tons of asphalt shingles, the equivalent of saving 80,000 barrels of oil, according to the company.
"This new alliance with Owens Corning Roofing represents a tremendous opportunity for contractors and consumers to make a difference through this new method of reducing waste, which saves valuable petroleum in the form of asphalt," says Barry Monheit, CEO of Earth911. "We commend Owens Corning for its leadership in driving sustainable business practices in the building materials industry."
Contractors who take the Owens Corning Roofing Shingle Recycling Pledge, can now use the Earth911 Recycling Directory available via Earth911.com, the toll-free 1-800-CLEANUP hotline, or the free iRecycle app for Android and iOS mobile devices to locate an expanded list of local recyclers in their area. For homeowners replacing a roof, the alliance provides an easy-to-use resource to locate contractors who recycle shingles through the Owens Corning Contractor Locator. Additionally, Owens Corning provides consumers access to educational videos and other information about sustainable roof replacement practices.
"The more we help to expand the network of contractors who recycle, the faster we can reduce the amount of needless construction debris in landfills," says Sheree Bargabos, president, Owens Corning Roofing. "And because many environmentally conscious consumers view Earth911 as a valuable resource, we are also providing them with a list of reputable contractors who share their passion for sustainable roofing practices."
Each year, up to 10 million tons of recyclable shingles are removed from the roofs of U.S. homes and buildings. To help educate consumers about the benefits of shingle recycling and how they can make sustainable decisions when replacing their roof, Owens Corning Roofing and Earth911 are hosting the following educational opportunities:
- The "Smart Saving Quiz" on Facebook - Consumers can take a quiz to test their knowledge regarding the impact of shingle recycling. The results can be shared via social media and participants can become a fan of shingle recycling
- "What's the Big Deal About Shingle Recycling?" - A Twitter chat to be hosted from 11 a.m. to noon ET on October 6, on Twitter and live from Owens Corning booth #1181 at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Featuring experts from Owens Corning (@Owens_Corning), UL Environment (@ulenvironment), Heritage Environmental (@HeritageEnviro) and others, the chat will focus on the benefits of shingle recycling.