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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*Recycle Asphalt Tear Off Shingles for Road Paving
*Create Physical and Intellectual Infrastructure for a Roof Recycling Enterprise
*Achieve Regulatory Compliance

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*Cost Savings
*Green Marketing Opportunity
*Creating a Profitable Recycling Enterprise
*GHG Reduction, Landfill Diversion
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Monday, March 7, 2011

Join the Movement for Roofing Best Practice! What is "Roofing Best Practice"?

Obviously we'd like to see every home have an energy efficient roof.  We'd like to see every home and building have a roof that is made from mostly recycled content and that won't summarily be dumped in a landfill.  We'd like to see this growing movement of green roofing move faster.  In the mean time, I offer the standards for Roofing Best Practice.
  • Recycle tear-off Shingles
  • Work with your City & County for project financing & rebates
  • Install Energy Star Roofing material
  • Use high recycled content materials - such as steel
  • Partner with Renewable Energy contractors
  • Ventilation upgrades reduce cooling load & extend roof life
  • Recycle other C & D waste
Thanks for your ongoing support.  And help us move toward recycling commercial roofing products too!
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