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Advance Your Knowledge About Shingle Recycling

GAF is proud to sponsor the 7th annual Shingle Recycling Forum to be held in Chicago on October 29 & 30. Convened every two years by the Construction and Demolition Recycling Association, this is the leading conference dedicated to increasing the rate of asphalt shingle recycling. The event is dedicated to advancing technical knowledge and know-how with the goal of increasing the viability of shingle recycling in North America for the long term. Everything from an in-person tour of a hot mix asphalt paving plant to high-level industry presentations on the state of the art in asphalt shingle recycling will be featured.

Shingle recycling is important. It is estimated that more than 11 million tons per year of roofing-related waste is generated in the United States alone. However, when executed properly (and this means from the tear-off to the paving job), recycling roofing materials can have both economic and marketing benefits.

As North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, GAF is dedicated to advancing the state of the art in every area in which we operate, and this includes shingle recycling. Our contributions are moving the needle. In fact, the estimated rate of recycling for shingles (including both post-consumer and post-industrial sources) has increased to an estimated 28%, up from just 10% five years ago. By comparison, the overall rate of recycling of bottles and cans is approximately 20%.  So, this is quite an achievement. With more than 550 professional roofing contractors in our Certified Contractor Programs committed to shingle recycling, GAF’s contribution to this success has been significant. However, there is further progress to be made, and that is what the conference is dedicated to.

Of all the recycling programs I work on, this one is my favorite. Most recycled asphalt shingles are used in asphalt pavement, which can reduce costs and improve performance (given the proper technical approach and formulation). Recycling on the roofing job is fairly straightforward, requiring just minor changes to the normal tear-off procedure, and fees for recycling can be lower than fees for disposal. This means from the roofing contractor to the paving company, there can be cost savings in shingle recycling.  

Professional roofing contractors are welcome and encouraged to attend this year’s conference.  Please visit www.shinglerecycling.org for more info or get in touch with me directly at mgrohman@gaf.com if you plan to attend.

Additional Resources

Read our blog to learn more about the benefits of shingle recycling.

To learn more and get involved with GAF’s green initiatives, visit the Green Roofing Central special section.

Find a recycler in your area

Watch the video below from KARE Channel 11 in Minnesota on how roofing contractors can reduce the waste they put in landfills.

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