Going green is a movement that continues to gain momentum, and as a result, many companies are adding sustainable practices to their businesses.
One such sustainable solution is asphalt shingle recycling. Traditionally, asphalt shingles either end up being covered with new roofing (only to delay their inevitable trip to the landfill), or they end up at the landfill right away. In Canada, approximately 1.25 million tonnes per year of asphalt-based roofing waste is generated. This accounts for a very large, non-degradable waste stream in landfills which already have a short and steadily decreasing life expectancy. As a result, finding a sustainable recycling option for asphalt shingles plays an important role in diverting waste from the landfill.
Thankfully, roofing contractors now have a more convenient, cost-effective option available to them to help recycle and reduce their waste.
Eco Depot Waste Diversion now offers a recycled asphalt shingle program! Instead of dropping off the shingles at the landfill, the shingles can be dropped off to our facility to be ground up and used within our very own community to improve our roads.
First and foremost, recycling asphalt shingles keeps the shingle waste out of the landfill where they can sit for hundreds of years without breaking down. This helps to free up landfill space, which can extend its life expectancy, and save communities money by avoiding the economic burden of expanding and/or closing the landfill.
Every ton of shingles that is recycled is the equivalent to saving one barrel of oil in the form of asphalt from going to the landfill. This, in turn, will also save more oil by using recycled product rather than creating a need for virgin material.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
If in Canada, 5% end-of-life roofing scrap could be substituted for virgin asphalt concrete this would produce an annual savings of 900,000 tonnes of GHG emissions!
Recycling asphalt shingles provide valuable materials such as asphalt and aggregate that could be used in road construction and maintenance, which offsets the need and cost for new asphalt and aggregate.With over 90% of Thunder Bay roads made from asphalt pavement, it is easy to see how every ton of shingle waste could be put to good use. Additional uses are constantly being explored.
Contractors: Why Take Part?
Recycling asphalt shingles is a growth opportunity for your business, as it helps to promote sustainable business practices to homeowners looking for a green solution. Many roofing contractors across Canada have found that offering a shingle recycling option can directly influence contractor selection, which can translate into more jobs. There may be homeowners who are not swayed by whether or not the shingles are recycled, but for those homeowners who care about recycling, it can give your company a distinct advantage in this competitive marketplace. With more and more residents recognizing the need to divert and recycle, you don’t want your company to trail behind.
In addition to doing the “green” thing by recycling asphalt shingles, it is also a cost-effective alternative to landfilling. Many local municipalities have already banned or plan on banning asphalt shingles from their landfills, making landfilling options scarce. Asphalt shingle recycling can create jobs in the community, as well, and so your support for Eco Depot’s initiatives will directly reflect your interest in the circular economy.
You may be asking questions like, how do you take part in recycling asphalt shingles? Is it a lot of extra work? Will you have to implement a lot of policy changes? Thankfully, taking part in recycling asphalt shingles is as simple as putting the shingles onto the bottom of the trailer/bin, putting any wood on top, and putting plastic shingle bundle wraps into a separate bag. That’s it! It’s no more work than current methods, it’s merely a change in technique.
If you could save money, make homeowners happier, and help the environment, why wouldn’t you?