“Asphalt shingles are some of the most popular roofing materials in the United States today. Unfortunately, many don’t consider asphalt as an eco-friendly material because it has a relatively short lifespan, requires considerable resources and energy to produce, and generates substantial waste materials. However, as reported by William Giakoumatos in cdrecycler.com, many roofing and recycling companies are combining their efforts to recycle asphalt shingle wastes into road paving materials, despite the government’s patchy regulatory policies.
About 11 million tons of asphalt shingle waste are generated in the U.S. each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The vast majority of that waste—about 90 percent—is construction scrap from roof installations and tear-offs from roof repairs and replacements. Shingle manufacturing scrap accounts for 9 to 10 percent of this material.”