What is asphalt shingle recycling?

It is becoming increasingly common for shingles to be recycled instead of going to a landfill. Shingle recycling is the process of taking asphalt shingles from roof tear-offs and reusing them in other products, ensuring the material does not end up in landfills.

What are the benefits of asphalt shingle recycling?

Shingle recycling is economically viable, convenient where available, and saves valuable resources from being sent to a landfill. Recycled asphalt shingles are most commonly used in pavement, which offsets the need for new asphalt and aggregate, and additional uses are being explored. Asphalt shingle recycling can create jobs for recycling locations, reduces costs for paving, and allows homeowners to make a positive environmental contribution.

In what products are recycled asphalt shingles used?

The primary use of recycled shingles is to make roads, typically by adding pulverized shingles to the other asphalt used in pavement. In many cases, this may actually improve the pavement quality. Recycled shingles can also be used as an input to make roofing products or road maintenance products, or to produce energy.

How can I find an asphalt shingle recycler nearby?

Shingle recycling is available in most major markets in the United States and in some locations in Canada, and new sites continue to open. There are multiple resources for finding a recycler, including online at www.shinglerecycling.org and www.earth911.com, or by calling 1-800-CLEANUP. You can also use local resources for finding businesses or conduct an internet search. No matter which method is used to find a recycler, contact them directly to confirm their current capability to accept and process shingles for recycling.

Is every asphalt shingle recycler listed on ShingleRecycling.org or Earth911.com?

No! If you know of a location that is not listed, please let ShingleRecycling.org or Earth911.com know by emailing info@shinglerecycling.org or info@earth911.com.

What if I can’t find an asphalt shingle recycler nearby?

Send an email to info@shinglerecycling.org or info@earth911.com.

Do roofing contractors or do-it-yourselfers have to separate material as it is removed from the roof?

Call ahead to your recycler to determine what your recycler allows. Each recycler has specific rules regarding requirements for separating shingles from other materials. It is good practice to keep shingles separate from other construction debris, such as wood or metal or other disposed materials.

What about nails?

You do not have to pull out nails — most recyclers use powerful magnets on the shingle grinder to separate nails from shingles and then recycle the nails as well. Confirm with your local recycler on its capabilities and requirements for accepting shingles for recycling.

How much does recycling cost?

Recycling costs vary. It is typically cheaper than landfilling and might even become less expensive if materials are separated properly.

I do not want a large roll-off container in my yard. Will recyclers work with dump trailers?

Many recyclers are flexible, and options can be determined by calling to ask.

Should I bring up recycling with my contractor?

Many roofing contractors will market their past success in recycling shingles. Regardless, any roofing contractor should be open to the conversation and should confirm the ability and logistics for recycling the shingles involved in your project.

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