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Albany Roofers: Article About Recycling Asphalt Shingles

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Homeowners may be surprised to learn that asphalt shingles can be recycled. Many shingle recycling centers are now located across the country to make this possible. Prior to this development, asphalt shingles were commonly disposed of in a landfill. Professional Albany roofers have compiled this guide for how to recycle shingles and laid out its economic and environmental benefits.

When the shingles of an old roof are torn off during the reroofing process, homeowners and roofing contractors have the option to recycle the old asphalt shingles. In some areas up to six recycling centers may service the same market. They can be found with a quick web search for shingle recycling centers, and a comprehensive list of shingle recycling centers can be found on some websites. If a roofing contractor chooses not to recycle old shingle material, in most cases the option is available for the homeowner to do so.

When choosing a recycling facility, the can be checked reputation online just as people do for restaurants and hotels. There may also be a website for the facility with detailed information about what is required and how much it costs.

The roofers at Ideal Construction of Albany can assist you with any questions regarding windows or roofing.

It is also a good idea to call the facility ahead of time and schedule a time to drop off the material. This may reduce the possibility of waiting in line. Ensure that only shingles are transported to the landfill, and that the load is free of wood and other debris. Do not take the time to remove nails or staples from the shingles because a strong magnet will perform this task at the recycling facility.

In most cases, it actually costs less to recycle old shingles than it costs to dispose of them in a landfill. In some locations, recycling of asphalt shingles is free of charge. This results in a savings of 100 percent of the fees that would otherwise be charged at the landfill.

Shingle recycling reduces the environmental burden on landfills, waste dumps, and garbage collectors. The shingles are broken down to be used again by hot mix asphalt plants where the material is repurposed and used primarily for asphalt roadways. The reuse of this material is a positive contribution to the environment that homeowners and roofing contractors can be proud to be a part of. The decision to recycle shingles is smart for both economic and environmental reasons. Homeowners with questions regarding how to recycle asphalt shingles are encouraged to contact a roofing professional.

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