CapEx Roofing Support Recycling Roofing to Road Asphalt Initiative
At last check, the US Environmental Protection Agency estimated the amount of asphalt roofing shingles being disposed of each and every year to be around 11 million tons. Shingles take 400 years to fully break down in a landfill, which means this waste is taking up valuable real estate and contributing to the growing problem of landfill overflow and the subsequent financial and environmental implications that accompany this serious issue. One viable alternative that is both eco-friendly and cost effective is recycling roofing asphalt to make road asphalt.
Recycling asphalt roofing is a much more favorable practice for protecting and conserving our precious natural resources. Not only can recycling the shingles from just one average-sized multifamily building yield the equivalent of about 13 barrels of oil going into a landfill, those shingles will pave about 800 feet of a two-lane highway. This is a much more sustainable way for the roofing industry to operate.
The reason why shingles are a great resource for these types of recycling initiatives is because of their composition. Generally speaking, shingles are made up of between 25 and 30 percent asphalt, 40 to 60 percent hard aggregate contained on the 30 and 60 sieves, along with 3 to 12 percent fiber. All of these components are typically used in pavement made of hot mix asphalt. In other words, asphalt shingles are ideal for reuse and recycling. They are also readily available, with this type of shingle accounting for more than two thirds of the US residential roofing market.
Using recycled asphalt shingles (RAS) in the creation of new products, such as road asphalt, can significantly reduce the negative environmental impact incurred through the extraction, transportation and processing of virgin materials. And because these shingles are being repurposed instead of disposed of, valuable landfill space can be conserved. Additionally, the use of recycled materials versus virgin resources is more cost effective, both to manufacturers as well as consumers and tax payers.
Perhaps even more noteworthy is the fact that research indicates that the use of recycled asphalt shingles in hot-mix can actually improve the long-term performance of pavement by increasing its resistance to things like moisture and wear. Pavement made from RAS also tends to be more resilient against things like rutting, deformation, cracking and thermal fatigue. In other words, using recycled materials in hot-mix can actually result in a better end product than that which is produced using virgin resources.
With about 11 million tons of shingle waste produced each and every year coming from installation scraps and tear-offs from re-roofing jobs, it’s becoming abundantly clear that those in the roofing industry have a tremendous opportunity to make a positive impact on the environment. At CapEx Roofing, we feel very strongly about this important initiative. While RAS facilities are not available in every town or metropolitan area in which we work, we make every effort to locate and leverage these facilities whenever possible. Our hope is that as more visibility is given to this worthy cause, RAS facilities will become more commonplace, aiding greater effort in recycling roofing materials.
CapEx Roofing’s team of project managers, superintendents and certified installers provide service Nationwide with systems and processes designed and tailored exclusively for the multifamily roofing industry. We are proud of the steps we’ve taken to create a more sustainable business operation and remain steadfastly committed to doing everything within our power to reduce our carbon footprint and preserve precious environmental resources with each and every job we complete. Contact us today to learn how we can assist with all of your multifamily roofing needs.