SAVING THE EARTH...
...One Shingle at a Time.
More than 276
million pounds of roofing shingles are dumped into Missouri
landfills every year. Thats enough shingles
to completely cover St. Louis
City and St. Louis County. Now imagine how much
land that covers over a period of five yearsor
10 years. Or even 25 years.
put, demolition tear-off roofing shingles represent
a tremendous burden on our landfills. But it doesnt
have to be that way.
Discarded roofing shingles represent an
incredible opportunity to turn construction waste into
a renewable resource as an asphalt base or hot mix additive
for paving. Whats more, using roofing shingles
as part of the paving process not only frees up landfill
space, it makes the paving end-product
Turning roofs into roads is recycling
at its finest!
ROOFS TO ROADS: THE USES OF RECYCLED
Asphalt roofing shingles are extremely
versatile and can be recycled in several ways. They
- Added into hot
mix asphalt for use in paving permanent roads.
- Mixed with aggregate to form
a base under new roads.
- Used as road
- Applied to temporary,
rural or gravel roads, parking lots, driveways, construction
sites, farm lanes, paths and trails for dust and noise
A SOUND PAVEMENT SOLUTION, THAT HAPPENS
TO BE ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND, TOO
Everyone understands the environmental
benefits of recycling. Still, the challenge with many
recycling efforts is weighing a compromised end product
against the environmental benefits. That problem does
exist with the recycling of
Because the shingles we recycle are made
of asphalt, the product we recycle is
easily converted into paving materials that actually
improve the end product.
When recycled roofing shingles are used
in paving solutions, here are just a few of the performance
benefits you can expect:
- Increases the life of pavement.
- Reduces fatigue cracking.
- Increased pavement resistance to wear
- Decreased susceptibility to rutting
in asphalt roads.
- Improved control of dust and noise
on unpaved and secondary roads.
- When the process reaches a basic level
of use, recycled shingles will
represent a more economical option, as well.
Moreover, in addition to the performance
benefits of using recycle shingles, the environmental
benefits are also impressive. The use of roofing shingles:
- Reduces our dependence on virgin liquid
asphalt & new aggregate.
- Allows us to recover and reuse liquid
asphalt, aggregate and fiber content in
recycled shingles, rather than bury these natural
resources in our landfills.
Finally, using recycled shingles also
creates jobs right here in Missouri. Now thats
an environmentally sound solution that sounds great