FAQs — The Asphalt Roof Recycling Center

FAQs - The Asphalt Roof Recycling Center

No. The State has only exempted from the waste stream 4 unit or less residential shingles and manufacturer scrap. At this time, roll roofing, tile, cedar shake, coal tar, rubber, slate, and/or built up roofing is not recyclable.

Yes there is. Upon receiving your shingles we must hand pick any debris from the shingles and certify them as free of asbestos. We are also required to do extensive reporting on shingles received and maintain those records for five years. Costs are determined based on the amount of debris mixed into the shingles.

If I need a dumpster rental, how much notice do I need to give you?

We recommend 24-48 hours notice, though often we can react much quicker than that. Early morning hours book up usually by the previous day. Dumpsters are available in 10-15yd. 20yd. and 30yd. sizes.

What do you mean by a ‘clean’ load?

We are not a landfill and are limited by the State as to the amount of debris that we can accept. A ‘clean’ load is defined as only shingles and debris from the roofing job. This does include a small amount of wood from the roof, flashing and drip edges, pallets and plastic from the shingle delivery. We do ask that you place the shingles on the bottom and all other debris on top for easy removal.

What happens if my load contains asbestos?

National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, NESHAP, has determined that less than 2% of 4 unit or less residential shingles will contain asbestos at any level and less than 1% of those will have asbestos greater than 1%. It is very un likely that your shingles would be contaminated to the level that they would not be recyclable. If this did occur, we are required to dispose of them to a licensed landfill. We reserve the right to charge these costs back to the originating source. We would not charge for the drop at our yard if this were to happen.

What payment options are available?

Do your facilities recycle anything other than shingles?

At this time our focus is on recycling shingles though we do recycle any debris that comes in with the shingles that we have located a source for.

Recycling shingles limits the growth of our communities landfills, reduces our dependence on foreign oil, reuses previously mined aggregate, is less expensive than traditional disposal, makes better parking lots and private roads that cost less to build, and creates jobs for Connecticut. A 2,000 square foot home with 2 layers of roofing will recapture the equivalent of 10 barrels of oil alone!

What can I do to help prevent shingles from being landfilled?

Ask your dumpster service or roofer to recycle your shingles. Don’t hesitate to ask for confirmation. Our receipt confirms that this roofing material was recycled. If you are searching out a pavement company for a new driveway or parking lot, ask for recycled shingles as part of the composition of your pavement mix. Write a letter or call your legislator asking them to encourage Connecticut Department of Transportation to write a spec for a mix design using recycled asphalt shingles for Connecticut roadways.

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