Shingle Recycling 101 With Owens Corning
According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recycling a home's old asphalt roofing shingles is equivalent to recycling a year's worth of household waste. As a result, roofing contractors and homeowners can help make an impact by recycling an otherwise wasted resource.

The following Q & A will provide you with answers to your recycling questions.

Why should I consider shingle recycling?
Asphalt roofing shingles represent 80 percent of the marketplace with approximately 10 million tons of asphalt shingles torn-off roofs during repair and replacement jobs annually, much of which ends up in landfills across the country.*

This presents an opportunity for the roofing industry to help divert the tear-off materials from landfills and encourage recycling for use in valuable applications like road construction and repair.

* Northeast Recycling Council (NERC), March 2012

What happens with shingles that are recycled?
Recycled asphalt shingles provide valuable material such as asphalt and aggregate that is typically used in road construction or maintenance.

What is the overall impact of shingle recycling?
Since the program inception in 2009, the Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt Shingle Recycling Program has recycled more than 113,500 tons of asphalt shingles, the equivalent of saving 113,500 barrels of oil.*

*Based on Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt, LLC calculation using average composition of shingles. August 2012

How does providing shingle recycling capabilities directly benefit my business?
Roofing contractors benefit in three primary ways:

Cost Competitive: Recycling rates are typically 20% below prevailing landfill costs in participating markets*. Owens Corning Roofing Preferred Contractors also receive an additional discount to the already competitive rates.

Convenience: The program offers dedicated drop-off locations, on average 2 per market so it is efficient for contractors to drop-off loads of material – rather than using local landfills.

Differentiating: Contractors also benefit by promoting this sustainable business practice to homeowners. Owens Corning Roofing Preferred Contractors who pledge to recycle torn-off shingles also receive access to branded marketing tools which help them differentiate themselves in the home.

* Based on Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt, LLC recycling locations survey on recycling costs in eight U.S. markets, July 2012

Does it cost more for homeowners to have their old shingles recycled versus using a landfill? Is there any cost to roofing companies?
As shingle recycling does not cost more compared to landfill for contractors, it can also be a cost saving opportunity for homeowners.

Is shingle recycling available in the communities where I work?
There continues to be a push to expand dedicated, convenient drop-off centers that will recycle and process shingle tear-offs operated by credible companies.

Currently, the growing interest and expansion of shingle recycling has translated into recycling accessible to nearly 50 percent of the U.S. population.

As an industry leader driving this movement, the Owens Corning Roofing & Asphalt Shingle Recycling Program is active in over 70 markets nationwide.

These locations help to make recycling asphalt shingles convenient by offering a one-stop recycling service with hauling capabilities and drop-off locations that are easy and accessible to use.

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