According to the EPA, new roof installations in the U.S. account for between 7 and 10 million tons of shingle waste every year. While some roofing companies dispose of this waste in landfills, others participate in recycling programs through which these old shingles can be used to make asphalt for roads, driveways and parking lots. They can also be used to produce new roofing material.
In its publication From Roofs to Roads: Recycling Asphalt Roofing Shingles into Paving Materials, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency explains the benefits of this shingle recycling program. When worn shingles are recycled and used to make asphalt for roads, they can help to improve the pavement’s resistance to wear, moisture, rutting, deformation, cracking and thermal fatigue. This saves area taxpayers a lot of money because longer lasting pavement on the roads means fewer repairs and repaving projects.
The EPA further explains that “asphalt roofing shingles have great recycling potential because they are plentiful in the construction and demolition (C&D) waste stream; they are generated separately from other wastes, and hence, easy to isolate; recycling technology is available; and the use of recycled shingles in pavement can yield cost savings.”
Currently, only 16 states participate in Roofs to Roads programs and offer contractors easy access to these money-saving asphalt shingle recycling programs. These are: Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington. In addition to lowering the amount of waste dumped in landfills, these programs save local residents money.
You can learn more about the Roofs to Roads recycling program here.
Baltic Home Improvements is proud to participate in the shingle-recycling program. As an , we are participants in their Preferred Contractor Shingle Recycling Pledge program. If you are a homeowner in the southwestern Chicago suburbs who is in need of a new roof installation and wants to be certain that old roofing shingles will be disposed of in an environmentally-friendly way, be sure to contact BHI to get a free estimate for your job.