TOLEDO, Ohio — Launched in 2009, the Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt Shingle Recycling Program was the first initiative of its kind in the roofing industry to bring together homeowners and contractors committed to reducing the amount of shingle waste that ends up in local landfills.
Now, after just four years, the Recycling Program is approaching a landmark milestone: more than one million tons of asphalt shingles recycled. In addition, the program continues to expand with current availability in more than 90 markets across the country and nearly 500 participating contractors. More than 60 percent of U.S. homeowners now live within 30 miles of a shingle recycler that is a member of the Owens Corning Roofing Recycler Network.
Owens Corning takes a 360-degree approach to sustainability with close consideration to all stages of the product lifecycle including sourcing, manufacturing, performance and end of life. When planning for a roof replacement, homeowners can log on to the company’s website to take the Shingle Recycling Pledge and be matched with a contractor who also is committed to recycling shingles. Contractors can also take their version of the pledge and show their commitment to the homeowners trusting them with their roof.
During a roof replacement project, contractors simply take the old shingles to the nearest recycling drop-off point. The shingle material is then sorted to remove debris like large metal, plastic and wood. The remaining material is ground and used in paving applications or other products.
Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt continues to make shingle recycling easy and efficient by incorporating it seamlessly into the roof replacement process and connecting consumers and contractors who share a commitment to turning old roofs into new roads and saving a valuable resource from ending up in a landfill.
For more information, visit www.owenscorning.com.