Anyone familiar with home repair can tell you that there is usually some kind of debris left over. No matter what the project, anytime something new goes in, something old is discarded. That said, there are some unexpected recyclables hidden among your home repair rubble, and with a little extra effort, you can help ensure that they serve a second life rather than waste away. Check out five common items that often end up wasted:
Not only are asphalt shingles perfectly recyclable, but once collected, they’re manufactured into hot mix asphalt and used to pave roads. The shingles from one average-sized home can pave 200 feet of a two lane highway.
Each year, approximately 10 million tons of asphalt shingles are torn off of homes. Today, nearly 60 percent of the U.S. population lives within 30 miles of a shingle recycling facility. Owens Corning Roofing’s industry leading Shingle Recycling Program has already recycled 738,605 tons since the program’s 2009 kick-off.
If a roof repair is in your future, it’s worthwhile to check out your local recycling options beforehand and to choose a contractor who recycles. The Owens Corning Roofing Preferred Contractor Shingle Recycling Program helps connect home owners with contractors who have pledged to recycle.[search type="recycle" what="Shingles" whatlabel="Shingles"]