Owens Corning Recycles 1 Million Tons of Shingles into Roadways

Photo: Flickr/DolfinDans

Photo: Flickr/DolfinDans

Back in 2009, Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt set up a first-of-its-kind recycling program to transform discarded roofing shingles into new asphalt roads. This fall, the company celebrated a landmark milestone of 1 million tons of shingles recycled since the program’s inception.

The success of the program may be due in part to how easily the average homeowner can make use of it when replacing his or her roof. Homeowners who are planning roof renovations or repairs can log on to the Owens Corning website to find local contractors who offer both knowledgeable service and a commitment to recycling old building materials.

Recycled shingles have the potential to contribute to 125K miles of paved highway each year, more than half the distance to the moon.

When shingles are removed, these contractors take the discards to local recycling centers — typically within 30 miles of a home — that repurpose the materials into asphalt paving mix.

“We’re making shingle recycling easy and efficient — incorporating it seamlessly into the roof replacement process by connecting consumers and contractors who share a commitment to keep discarded shingles out of landfills to turn old roofs into new roads,” says Barry Hornbacher, shingle recycling business leader for Owens Corning.

After arriving at the recycling center, roofing debris is sorted, and metal, plastic and wood remnants are removed. The remaining material is then ground and repurposed into asphalt.

Shingle debris from one average home can help pave 200 feet of a two-lane highway. To put that in perspective, recycled shingles have the potential to contribute to 125,000 miles of paved highway each year — more than half the distance to the moon, according to the National Asphalt Paving Association.

“By helping keep used shingles out of landfills, Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt is demonstrating our consideration to the entire life cycle of a shingle,” Hornbacher says. “With approximately 10 million tons of shingles removed annually, there are significant opportunities to work with contractors and homeowners to cut down on landfill contributions.”

If you’re considering a roof repair or replacement in the near future, visit the Owens Corning website to find a certified contractor near you who will help prevent discarded shingles from heading to the landfill.

Want more information? See how shingles are recycled in our recycling mystery.

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