gives roofers means to recycle shingles
Ideal Recycling Inc., an asphalt shingle recycling
company now operating in its second full season, expects to remove
20,000 tons of asphalt shingles from Michigan landfills this
year. The company supplies its finely ground mix to asphalt companies
that, in turn, use it to pave parking lots and private roads.
Ideal Recycling is fast becoming Michigan’s largest asphalt shingle
“We are continuing to grow and are seeing more and more new customers
who want to use us to help them keep their shingles out of landfills
and market themselves as green,” said co-owner Chris Edwards.
“After working with us for one season, we are finding that our
customers now understand that the loads they bring us need to
Awareness of shingle recycling is increasing and Ideal has partnered
with a number of new green roofing and hauling companies for
2010. One of its green contractors, Kearns Brothers Inc., a roofing
company based in Dearborn, Michigan, said its customers appreciate
the fact that their roof shingles don’t end up in landfills.
“The response from our customers has been very positive,” said
Gary Kearns, sales and marketing manager for Kearns Brothers.
“Ideal is great to work with and recycling our asphalt shingles
with them is really seamless.”
Ideal has the capacity to recycle 52,000 tons of shingles per
year, as allowed by permit. The company accepts shingles from
homes, apartments or condos with four units or less and charges
a per-ton tipping fee of $18-$20 for clean loads – less than
the cost to dump them in a landfill.
Michigan legislators are considering a solid waste surcharge
for items dumped in landfills, making it even more economical
to send asphalt shingles to Ideal.
According to Michigan law, asphalt companies may use up to five
percent recycled asphalt in hot asphalt mix. At the current time,
recycled asphalt is not approved for use in public roadways,
but Ideal Recycling co-owners Edwards and Todd Foster hope that
will change in the future, particularly with concerns about the
environment and the costs of oil mounting.