Info on Shingle Recycling

How much do you know about “Shingle Recycling”?


Recycling the old shingles.

Did you know that many of you homeowners are sleeping under oil?  That’s right -our old roof is rich in oil. But until recent times, when it came time for a new one, those dried-out looking asphalt shingles were carted off to the landfill because there wasn’t a big market or an interest in recycling them.

This is a terrible waste.   The average “reroof” involves removing roughly 3 tons of roofing material. Each ton of shingles contains the equivalent of one barrel of oil that can be reclaimed as asphalt, according to the latest industry estimates. You could be the next Texas oil baron!!

Now there’s an easy, effective way to recycle those shingles and it can actually be cheaper to recycle the shingles than to send them to the local landfill. The recycler charges less because the material can be resold for reuse.

To ensure your old roof is recycled, ask your roofer what he plans to do with the old shingles.  If you let your roofer know that you care about shingle recycling, he will begin to pay more attention to the process and hopefully jump on the green bandwagon!

“I personally feel it’s an important thing for us to do, as do our employees and our customers,” said Charles Gallagher of Houston Roof Replacement.

The process of recycling shingles is amazingly simple. The dump trucks full of old roofing material pull up to the shingle recycling centers and get weighed on a giant scale before delivering the material inside to large warehouses.   Old-roof loads don’t just contain asphalt shingles: there’s wood, plastic, metal and all kinds of odds and ends thrown in by people walking by the dumpsters. The workers  there sort it all, recycling the plastic, paper and metal separately.

The shingles get thrown in a separate pile, which the company takes to another site where it’s turned into something that looks very much like coffee grounds and an industrial magnet pulls out the nails.

Recycled asphalt shingles contain about 30 percent oil and can be sold to asphalt companies that heat it up and mix it into new road asphalt.

The state of Texas now allows the asphalt mix to contain up to 5 percent recycled shingles. Houston Roof Replacement will continue to push for more mandates for recycling and the reuse of used shingles.   The average roof lasts 15-30 years, so the shingles will keep coming.

And hopefully they’ll be recycled.

For more information on recycling roof shingles, call and speak with our experts at

(281) 924-0365.

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