Asphalt Shingles Have Great Recycling Potential

Not too long ago, most roofing companies tossed out old material when installing new roofs. However, asphalt shingles can be recycled for many different uses.  Scott Gibson of Green Building Blogs wrote a fantastic article about this entitled “Job-Site Recycling: Asphalt Roofing Shingles.” Though it was published in 2011, it is just as relevant today as it was then.

Gibson explains that because asphalt shingles have a high petroleum content, they can be used for multiple purposes including:

    • Cold patch for repairing potholes
    • Aggregate in road construction
    • Manufacturing new shingles
    • Energy recovery

These are certainly more ideal uses than having them take up space in a landfill. We highly recommend that you read Gibson’s article if you are interested in learning more.

We at Baltic Home Exteriors, a leading Chicago-area contracting firm, understand that recycling asphalt shingles is good for the environment. That is why we are proud to be an Owens Corning Preferred Contractor who has taken a pledge to recycle shingles.  We strongly believe that together, we can make the world a cleaner place. Contact us to learn more about our recycling efforts and to get a free estimate for your roofing job.

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