Recycling asphalt shingles not only helps the environment, it benefits taxpayers as well.
According to this publication by the EPA, new roof installations result in about 7 to 10 million tons of shingle waste each year. These shingles are particularly well-suited for recycling as they can be used in road construction as part of aggregate base, hot-mix asphalt, cold-patch mix, expansion joints or to make temporary roads, driveways or parking lots. These shingles can also be used to make new roofing material.
When used in the making of pavement, recycled asphalt shingles can increase the pavement’s resistance to wear, moisture, deformation, rutting and thermal fatigue and cracking. This can save taxpayers money as the materials are inexpensive and the pavement is longer lasting.
Not all states currently participate in a roofs-to-roads asphalt recycling program, but Illinois does. Baltic Exteriors, a leading roofing and home improvement contracting company that services the Chicagoland area, is happy to contribute. We have taken the Owens Corning Preferred Contractor Shingle Recycling Pledge. This is our commitment to you that your used shingles will not sit in a landfill, but will instead be used again as part of our effort to make our world a cleaner place.
If you are ready to replace the worn shingles on your roof, contact us for more information and a free estimate.
Full article on epa.gov.