After more than a decade of research and market development, asphalt shingle recycling has proven a highly profitable and effective way to supplement the use of virgin asphalt cement in hot-mix asphalt and other applications.
Properly processed shingle waste has several end uses:
Extensive testing throughout the US has shown that paving mixes containing recycled asphalt shingles perform as well as or better than asphalt mixes without recycled shingle waste. Asphalt pavement with recycled shingles has demonstrated an increased resistance to rutting and other advantages.
Recycling shingle waste conserves landfill space by diverting a valuable resource. Despite the profitability of shingle recycling, a large percentage of shingle waste still goes to landfill.
Consumers are increasingly demanding green solutions for the manufacturing of new products and the handling of waste materials. If fact, companies that find uses for shingle scrap and other waste materials are experiencing increased customer interest and support, whereas companies that landfill such materials sometimes lose business for lack of green practices.