Recyclers Gather in Dallas for Shingle Recycling Forum

Sessions covered a range of topics on recycling asphalt shingles.

November 22, 2011
CDR Staff
Shingles Commodities

More than 320 people attended the 5th Shingle Recycling Forum in Dallas Oct. 27-28, according to the Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA). Participants from throughout North America attended the two-day forum to exchange ideas on about what the organization refers to as the “fast growing and economically feasible shingle recycling market sector.”

The event, organized by the CMRA and co-sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), Owens Corning, Dem-Con and the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, covered all aspects of shingle recycling, from accepting the material to end uses. CMRA adds that the most common end market for asphalt shingles continues to be hot-mix asphalt, where recycled asphalt shingles (RAS) are a natural additive that will decrease production costs.

Recycling of both manufacturer scrap and post-consumer (tear-offs) also were covered. The CMRA says the focus at all the Shingle Recycling Forums has always been on information exchange.

This year’s forum included presentations ranging from Shingle Recycling 101 to technical sessions on using shingles in high-quality DOT (Department of Transportation)-level roadways. In addition, there were presentations on alternative end markets and environmental issues of recycling shingles.

“This forum provided almost all the information anyone needs to start up recycling and using asphalt shingles or improving their current operations,” says Jason Haus, president, Dem-Con, and chair of the CMRA’s Shingle Recycling Committee. “We heard nothing but positive reviews of the show.”

Other sponsors included Continental Biomass Industries, Recycling & Processing Equipment, Rotochopper and the National Asphalt Pavement Association.

The CMRA says it is planning on organizing the 6th Shingle Recycling Forum in 2013, although dates and location have yet to be determined.