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Additional Shingle Recycling Info


Asphalt Roofi ng Manufacturers Association (ARMA) www.asphaltroofi ng.org


Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA) www.cdrecycling.org


National Asphalt Pavement Association www.asphaltpavement.org


Tear off shingles. Keep shiingles apart from other demolition debris by placing them directly into a waiting dumpster or truck. Other materials should be put in last. Use tarps as dividers for ease of separation.


Make the drop. When the dumpster or truck is loaded, deliver the used asphalt shingles and other qualifying materials to the recycling center. Currently only about 5% of recycled shingles can be used in highway asphalt, but in some cases, 10% to 15% is allowed in less traffi cked surfaces such as driveways.


National Roofi ng Contractors Association (NRCA) www.nrca.net


Illustrations courtesy of Owens Corning www.roofi ng.owenscorning.com


COMMON ERROR C&D Myths


Many contractors won’t even investigate their options when it comes to recycling, because they believe it is more expensive or time intensive to recycle shingles. In fact, the cost is almost always less than dumping shingle waste into a landfi ll. Some participating recycling centers will even off er a discount on recycling fees when participating in programs such as the Owens Corning Roofi ng Asphalt Shingle Recycling Program.


A State of Florida analysis of C&D waste in the late 1990s found that (non-recycled) roofi ng shingles took up far less landfi ll space than demolition lumber, although they’re still well worth recycling.


PROFESSIONAL TIPS Good to Know ■


Some recyclers use a container service, where a dumpster for the recycled materials is placed on-site and taken away when the job is complete.





If using a dump truck to deliver recyclable materials, shingles should go into the truck fi rst.





If using tarps to separate materials, keep metal and wood to the side and put them into the truck last.





It’s OK to leave nails in the shingles you’re planning to recycle.





Take the Shingle Recycling Pledge at www.roofi ng.owenscorning.com to receive additional benefi ts.





If using a truck without dump capabilities, put a tire on the bottom of the load connected to a chain hanging out the back, to pull off the load at the recycling center.


CHART SOURCE: HTTP://WWW.DEP.STATE.FL.US


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