…and then recycle it, please! So could go the hip hop theme song for Owens Corning’s recently launched shingle recycling program. The nation-wide program will have Owen’s Corning Preferred Roofers pledging to recycle asphalt shingle tear-off and Heritage Environmental Services promising dedicated and convenient tear-off drop-off centers for the contractors.

So shingles are kept out of landfills and contractors get to set a good example to homeowners by employing sustainable building practices. Sounds like a win-win to me.

In addition to reducing the millions of tons of asphalt shingles that end up in landfills each year, the recycled asphalt can be used as a cost-effective alternative to making new asphalt that will be used on roads across the country. The Asphalt Institute estimated a potential $1 billion value on recycled asphalt. Okay, so it’s really win-win-win.

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