Asphalt Shingle Recycling

A “Green” Benefit of Asphalt Shingles
• When shingles are torn off of an
existing roof system, they can be
taken to a recycling center.
• This prevents the waste from
being sent to a landfill.
• Homeowners and building owners should
talk to their roofing contractor about
shingle recycling practices to ensure that
old shingles are recycled.
What is Asphalt Shingle Recycling?
What Are Recycled Shingles Used For?
• Recycled shingles are most often
used for paving projects, including:
o public roads
o driveways
o parking lots
• According to the National Asphalt
Pavement Association (NAPA), 1.96
million tons of reclaimed asphalt
shingles (RAS) were used in new
asphalt pavement mixes in the U.S. in
• A 2014 NAPA Asphalt Pavement Industry Survey indicated that the use of both
manufacturing waste and recycled shingles in asphalt mixtures increased to an alltime high in 2014, almost a 25 percent increase from 2013.
• This represents 400,000 tons or 2.2 million barrels of virgin asphalt preserved by
recycling manufacturing waste and asphalt shingles.
Shingle Recycling is on the Rise
How Does ARMA Support Shingle Recycling?
• Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association
(ARMA) members participate in and support the
advancement of shingle recycling within the
industry by researching and reporting on other
applications of recycled shingle content.
• As the voice of asphalt roofing manufacturers,
ARMA also works closely with NAPA and the
Asphalt Institute (AI) to expand the use of RAS in
How Can I Learn More?
• Shingle recycling is available in the United States and in some locations in
Canada, and new sites continue to open.
• To see if your area offers shingle recycling, you can check online at
www.earth911.com and www.shinglerecycling.org.
• Visit asphaltroofing.org for more information on shingle recycling and on the
other sustainable benefits of asphalt shingles like cool roofing

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