Statistics show that 10 million tons of shingles removed each year from buildings in the United States can be recycled. However, only a small part of them actually go through a recycling process, while the others end up in landfills.
There are many benefits of recycling shingles and this is why this process must be encouraged, and is encouraged by a well respected Wichita roofing company continuously: it is convenient, it makes a positive environmental contribution and it is economically viable. If shingles are recycled into other materials, the costs for producing those materials will be lower
Shingles are made from different materials. Asphalt shingles contain fiber cement, sand and mineral fillers that are also the ingredients used in road construction. Consequently, shingles can get repurposed as road pavement or patching material, if they are mixed with gravel, ground asphalt and concrete. Additionally, old shingles can be used in manufacturing new shingles, or as fuel in some industries.
Asphalt shingles are not the only roof coverings that can be recycled. Metal and wood roofs, as well as PVC membranes can also be reprocessed and repurposed, once they are taken down from an old roof.
According to different roofing manufacturers associations, shingle recycling is available in most markets in the US and this trend is expected to grow in the future, as people become more and more aware of the benefits.