11 million tons of asphalt shingles enter U.S. landfills each year, according to the EPA
In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.), more than 11 million tons of asphalt shingles enter U.S. landfills each year. Shingles account for an estimated 3%-5% of landfill space and they are non-degradable, meaning they stay there forever. Asphalt shingles are also 25% oil by weight, so think of how much oil you could save by reusing or recycling your asphalt shingles?
via Tips for recycling and reusing asphalt shingles.
In 2009, an Illinois law, the IL Public Act 096-0489 passed. This new legislation allowed for Beneficial Use Determination (BUD) status permitting the handling of materials previously classified as waste to be returned to the economic mainstream without the legal siting requirements of a solid waste transfer station.
This action spawned recycling industries in Illinois and has encouraged private-sector innovation and job growth in the most difficult economic climate in recent history. Reclaimed asphalt shingles (RAS) are now among the materials allowed to be recycled in Illinois, a petroleum resource that was harvested by neighboring states for nearly a decade.
via Entering the mix – CDR – Construction & Demolition Recycling.
Just in case you have a recycler full of cans from the holidays…
…Chicken coop roof!
via Make Shingles and Siding Out of Aluminum Cans (Beer Can Roof).