The problem with construction waste in general, and asphalt roofing shingles in particular going to landfills in such excessive amounts is that it not only takes up very expensive space, it also creates caps in landfills causing such harmful gases as methane to develop, which need to be monitored and treated for many years after disposal. Moreover, asphalt roofing shingles take decades to decompose, and do not compact well.
Ram Roofing & WIndows recycles all of your old shingles, the recycled shingles help build new roads.
Landfilling asphalt shingles contributes to a serious environmental problem that landfills pose in the US. Asphalt shingles are not manufactured to be a long-lasting roofing system. Quite the opposite is the case; roofing shingles are known to be the least durable roofing material, but their exceptionally low price still makes asphalt shingles the most popular roofing material, accounting for about 70% of all roof installation projects. What this means for the environment is that this polluting material (asphalt shingles are made exclusively of petrolium products) needs to be discarded as quickly as every 5 - 10 years and replaced (often once again with asphalt roofing shingles). As a result, collectively we dump a whopping 11 million tons of asphalt roofing shingles every year, taking up valuable landfill space!
One of the most effective ways to mitigate global warming and help our environment is through recycling. This is particularly true in the construction industry, which produces an overwhelming amount of waste - approximately 1/3 of all waste landfilled in the US is construction related. One of the construction material that used to always go into landfills is asphalt roofing shingles, accounted for 5% of annual building related waste.
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