Owens Corning begins asphalt shingle recycling
Owens Corning announced through its roofing business
that it will provide a new program that simplifies recycling
asphalt shingles for its preferred roofing contractors.
The company is the first roofing manufacturer to connect
contractors with convenient recycling facilities through
a national strategic alliance.
Based on a pilot conducted in Indiana, Owens Corning
will roll out the program nationally, starting in the
Midwest. As part of the program, contractors pledge to
recycle their shingle tear-offs. In addition to keeping
shingle waste out of landfills, contractors benefit by
promoting sustainable business practices to homeowners.
“While the technology exists to recycle asphalt shingles,
we are making it efficient and cost-effective for our
contractors,” said Sheree Bargabos, president of Owens
Corning Roofing and Asphalt, LLC. “This program makes
recycling easy, and provides our contractor network with
an opportunity to clearly differentiate themselves by
providing a complete roofing system including a sustainable
end-of-life recycling option for old shingles.”
Owens Corning is working with Heritage Environmental
Services, a privately-held environmental services company.
Heritage will provide drop-off centers that will recycle
and process shingle tear-offs.
“Millions of tons of asphalt roofing shingles are sent
to landfills every year, wasting valuable resources such
as asphalt and aggregate,” said Bill McDaniel, president
and chief executive officer, Heritage Environmental Services
Recycling glass-based asphalt shingles is a cost-effective
alternative to producing new asphalt and helps preserve
resources. Last year the Asphalt Institute estimated
that the asphalt from recycled shingles has a potential
value of more than $1 billion, which is variable upon
the price of asphalt.