Did you know you can recycle shingles? Asphalt shingles are a common roofing material and can be recycled thanks to their asphalt content. Shingles can be diverted from the waste stream and transformed into asphalt pavement for our streets and highways.
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Frequent Shingles Recycling Questions
How do I get the company working on my roof to recycle my old shingles?
Not all contractors offer to recycle your asphalt shingles. Before you hire a company to repair your roof, ask if they responsibly recycle the shingles and wood they remove during the project. In some cases, contractors choose not to recycle, and in some areas, local shingle recycling facilities are not available. However, the technology to recycle shingles is advancing rapidly, and new approaches can ensure no waste is left after the process is complete.
Owens Corning’ shingle recycling program recently introduced advanced technology that can deconstruct and recycle residential and industrial asphalt shinges. The company also helps homeowners find roofing companies that recycle through a free search tool that helps connect you to contractors in your area.
If you’re doing your own roof repairs, you can enter your ZIP code in Earth911 Recycling Search to find your best local option for shingle recycling.
What do they make with recycled shingles?
Recycled asphalt shingles are typically reused as a component in hot mix asphalt to create pavement for roadways. The shingles from one average-sized home can pave about 200 feet of a two-lane highway.
How do I know if my shingles can be recycled?
Enter your ZIP code in Earth911 Recycling Search to find local shingle recycling options. There many types of shingles, including asphalt, wood, metal, and slate, so choose the appropriate material type when searching. It’s always best to call ahead prior to a drop-off to confirm that the type of shingles you have on hand is accepted.
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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in June 2016 and was most recently updated in October 2023.