Recycled Asphalt Tear Off Shingles (RAS)

EnergySmart contractors are being encouraged to recycle any tear-off shingle waste from local projects...


Unfortunately, because of increased recycling volume of shingles, lack of space and limited market demand for RAS, Asphalt Specialties has closed down their recycling operations in Erie and at all their other Denver Metro locations as of 5/28/11, until further notice.

At this time, only Brannan Sand and Gravel, at 61st and Pecos, and Owens-Corning/Heritage Environmental at 64th and Pecos, both in Denver, are receiving tear off shingles for recycling.

New Opportunities for the Use and Promotion of RAS

Though Boulder County tear off shingle recycling operations are now largely curtailed by the shutdown of Asphalt Specialties local collection point, there are other encouraging developments for the eventual end use of RAS in large scale paving projects:

*In March of 2011 The Colorado Department of Transportation approved a revision of Section 401, Reclaimed Asphalt Shingles, which modifies CDOTs Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction (in practical terms this means 10,000 to 20,000 tons of RAS may be used in CDOT approved paving projects this year).

*Asphalt Specialties has been awarded a contract to pave portions of State Highway 36 using a recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) and RAS mix design (the RAS portion shall be manufacturer scrap shingle stock in lieu of tear off shingles). More detail is provided below.

* A formal discussion with Lisa Friend and Jeff Callahan of Boulder County Resource Conservation Division and other recycling contractors occurred in April of 2011. This discussion helped with the gathering of initial information for a proposed feasibility study for the opening of a county Construction and Demolition Waste recycling facility which will include RAS and other construction material.

* The Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Sustainability Action Council brought a group of 40 – 50 members of their business community and local government to Boulder County in April with an aim to learn more about our sustainability practices in the public, private and non-profit sectors. This exchange brought about productive dialogue with our Colorado Springs counter parts and how best practices in Boulder County may be useful models for our neighbors to the south.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

DOE Grant funding: Sun Sales Means Roof Sales!

Say what?
Well, when our friends, the PV solar electric contractors, make sales, it invariably leads to roofing sales. Most photovoltaic systems are roof mounted and at least 50% of these roof systems need replacement before PV systems can be installed. For those roofers who do not already have solar contractor partners or are not involved doing PV yourselves, I say develop this part of your business – soon!
 Now, if you do any work in Boulder, Denver or Garfield counties – and I would say this applies country wide under any circumstances no matter what kind of funding is available - you have an extra special reason to take interest in PV solar electric and building envelop insulation.
  New Department of Energy (DOE) grant funding is coming to these counties in Colorado for micro loans that will apply to energy efficiency upgrades in the categories of renewable energy (i.e., PV solar electric etc.), insulation upgrades and other categories to be announced. Though material and labor other than roofing related insulation and Energy Star roofing specifically, does not qualify for these micro loans, it is a good bet that these ‘second tier’ upgrades will get traction as the qualifying categories see much upcoming customer demand for ‘related work’.
  So, for roofers who do work in these Colorado counties, get ready for extra demand for your services come 2011. And, also know that your work with PV solar contractors and energy efficiency contractors will help reduce collective consumption of coal and other non-renewable energy at local utilities.
 Finally, it is an extra bonus when you recycle your asphalt tear off shingles at the various Denver metro collection points for recycled tear off shingles (RAS). You will also be doing your part for landfill diversion, CO2 reduction and supporting the birth of a transformative industry that is beginning to use RAS as a substitute for virgin asphalt binder in road paving mix designs.
Up Next: How Recycling Tear off Shingles will Lead to Recycling Single ply, BUR and Modified Bitumen


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  3. Nice to know that asphalt is being recycled and it is being encouraged by the government also. Since lots of roofs in the country are made from asphalt and since quite some time, asphalt carried the label of not being environment friendly, this move is completely welcome.