Shingle Recycling through a Local Shingle Recycler
Annually, 11 million tons of used residential shingle waste is dumped in landfills. It can take up to 300 years for these shingles to decompose and costs $600 million in disposal fees. Van Martin Roofing recognizes this immense environmental problem and now partners with a local shingle recycling company to put used asphalt shingles to good use, rather than dump them in landfills.
After receiving used asphalt shingles from Van Martin, the shingle recycling company grinds the shingles back to granules and sells them to local asphalt companies. These asphalt companies use them as a road component for local construction.
Beyond the immediate and obvious benefit of reducing waste in landfills, this approach provides other benefits. Asphalt created with used asphalt shingles is higher grade asphalt than what is normally used in road construction. Per the Minnesota Department of Transportation, pavement constructed with recycled asphalt shingles is more resilient and flexible than other pavement—which leads to longer lasting roads and better use of tax dollar money for public road construction projects.
Certain Teed Roofing Products
Van Martin Roofing uses CertainTeed as our asphalt residential roofing supplier, based on our knowledge, combined with the fact that they are a Consumer Reports best buy and have a commitment to the environment that is detailed below.
Pre- and post-consumer recycled content accounts for a significant percentage of the materials used to manufacture many CertainTeed roofing products. This content includes slag, stone granules, corrugated mixed paper and sludge, and not only reduces landfill waste, but also cuts down on the release of greenhouse gases that would occur if virgin materials were processed to manufacture these products.
- Many CertainTeed roofing products are manufactured with pre- and post-consumer recycled content including slag, stone granules, corrugated mixed paper and sludge. The overall pre- and post-consumer recycled content of our roofing products is between 1-50%. Integrating these materials into our products reduces landfill waste and carbon emissions.
- CertainTeed diverts over 250,000 tons/year of slag, stone granules, corrugated mixed paper and sludge from landfills by recycling this material into our products.
- In addition to landfill waste reduction, the use of recycled materials in our products reduces the release of CO2 from the extraction and processing of virgin raw materials that are used to manufacture the roofing products.
- CertainTeed is committed to resource conservation. Our roofing manufacturing facilities recycle close to 90% of the production waste into asphalt materials used for the construction of roads. We also integrate recycled content into many of our packaging materials including corrugated rolls and kraft paper.
- CertainTeed produces both low- and steep-slope roofing products that help to reduce energy costs and overall CO2 emissions from buildings.
Environmental Benefits of Metal Roofing
Although asphalt shingles are moving towards being more environmentally friendly, we at Van Martin have found that a much more environmentally friendly product is metal roofing.
Metal roofing enables Van Martin to fulfill its pledge to maintain and improve the environment for future generations. In this regard, metal roofing meets the criteria of recycled content, recyclability, and energy efficiency. If ever replaced, metal roofing is 100% recyclable. Also, metal roofing is one of the most energy efficient roofing systems available—tests have shown that it can save you up to 40% on cooling costs.
In addition, it’s not asphalt based like shingles, which means its production doesn’t continue to fuel our country’s biggest addiction…oil. Although these are the major drivers, there are many other reasons why metal roofing is gaining in popularity.
Van Martin has also chosen to partner with Classic Metal Roofing Systems, which manufactures their products—including Decra stone coated steel roofs—in Piqua, Ohio. You can find more information for the products in our web decider software.
To find out more about Van Martin Roofing’s roofing services, contact us at 937-222-7855 or through the Van Martin website.