Jul 14, 2011 11:18:00 PM
Old Shingles, New Roads
Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief
1 min read
GAF sponsors “Find a Recycler” Section of ShingleRecycling.org to pave the way for more reuse of asphalt shingles.
ShingleRecycling.org is the leading resource for information about recycling asphalt shingles.
In addition to a state-by-state database of locations where roofing contractors can recycle their tear-offs, ShingleRecycling.org includes a wealth of technical information to encourage recycling. The new sponsorship is expected to improve searchability of the database, which already includes more than 150 listings nationwide, and provide for greater frequency of updates.
“Our goal is to make it easier for contractors to recycle asphalt shingles,” says Martin Grohman, director of sustainability at GAF. “We want to do that two ways—by recognizing and rewarding roofers who recycle for their efforts; and now by making shingle recycling yards easy to find.”
Preparing a roof for recycling is quite straightforward—shingles, felt, and nails are kept separate while the old roofing is being removed, and other materials that come off the roof are then placed on top of the load for separate recycling. During the shingle grinding process, nails are removed by powerful magnets, and are recycled as well. In order to operate on a national scale, GAF’s program does not require roofing contractors to lock in with any specific recycling company, but encourages them to use a recycler listed on ShingleRecycling.org.
“By working with a GAF Certified Green Roofer, you’re making it more practical for your old roof to be recycled,” continues Grohman. “In fact, a typical 30 to 35-square roof is good for about 50 feet of new road.” You can find a roofing contractor that recycles by using the contractor locator at gaf.com and looking for the Certified Green Roofer designation.
Veteran journalist Matt Power has reported on innovation and sustainability in housing for nearly three decades. An award-winning writer, editor, and filmmaker, he has a long history of asking hard questions and adding depth and context as he unfolds complex issues.