It is becoming very common for shingles to be recycled versus being sent to a landfill. Shingle recycling is the process of taking asphalt shingles from roof tear-offs and collecting them for reuse into another product, ensuring the material does not end up in a landfill.
Shingle recycling is very cost competitive, convenient, and saves valuable resources from being sent to landfills. Recycled shingles are most commonly reused in pavement, although research is currently opening more areas for reusing shingles. Asphalt shingle recycling can also create jobs for recycling locations and reduce costs for paving.
Did you know that recycled shingles make up 5% of the asphalt used to pave roads?
Recycling shingles is not only good for the environment, it also is usually cheaper than sending it to a landfill. Whether it is necessary to separate materials is specific to each recycling center and varies from only shingles being allowed to it being acceptable to have all materials mixed together. Call ahead to your recycler before your first drop to determine what your recycling center allows. Generally, it’s like laundry – separate darks and lights. Shingles, roofing felt, and nails can be grouped together (and it is recommended to put a lumber wrap or tarp over that), and then put other jobsite debris like valley tin, cardboard, and wood on top or in front, so it’s easy to separate out from the shingle materials which can be recycled too. Nails are typically removed from the shingles using powerful magnets, so there is no need to pull them out before curbing it.