CRCA member reaches recycling milestone

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Roofing contractors and home owners across the U.S. have recycled one million tons of shingles through a roofing shingle recycling program developed by Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt, LLC. The company’s shingle products, including Duration, Oakridge, Supreme, Berkshire, Woodmoor and Woodcrest shingles, all have 100 per cent capability of being recycled into road paving.

OwensArtOwens Corning is the first roofing manufacturer to establish a program for recycling shingles in the U.S. The manufacturer connects contractors with convenient recycling facilities through a national strategic alliance with Earth911.com and Heritage Environmental Services.

Participating contractors take Owens Corning’s ‘Preferred Contractor Shingle Recycling Pledge,’ committing to recycle their shingle tear-offs. Homeowners can also commit to recycling by taking their version of the pledge and selecting a contractor who recycles shingles from Owens Corning’s roofing contractor locator page. Currently, there are 93 major cities across the U.S. with recyclers involved in the program.

“We want to congratulate our roofing contractors and home owners on this terrific achievement,” said Barry Hornbacher, shingle recycling business development manager at the company. “Our program could not be successful without their support and involvement. This program makes it easy to recycle shingles and demonstrates Owen Corning’s commitment to sustainability – which for us means meeting the needs of the present, without compromising the world that we leave to the future. We are very excited about extending the program’s reach throughout the United States and into Canada.”

Earlier this year, a number of recyclers in three Canadian cities – Edmonton, Calgary and the Greater Vancouver Area – were accepted into Owens Corning’s Shingle Recycling Program, bringing the total number of cities where the company operates the program to 96.

Since the program began in 2009, Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt has recycled one million tons of shingles, the equivalent of approximately 33,000 roofs – diverting these shingles from landfill. Every recycled roof is comparable to recycling more than a year’s worth of household waste. Combined, these recycled shingles provided 100,000 barrels of oil in the form of asphalt for beneficial reuse, typically in road paving.

For more information, visit Owens Corning Roofing’s online sustainability report.

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