In 2011 I was appointed to the newly formed National Shingle Recycling Committee. Its a collaboration of efforts and research from many different companies spanning many different industries to work on a solution for the ever growing amount of shingle waste going to landfills.
It has been a rewarding experience to get to join in on conference calls with people that are experts in their respective areas, brainstorming different ideas, and really to be on the new frontier of innovation. We’re really blazing the trail for the introduction and use of RAP (recycled asphalt shingles) in roadways.
Im not as smart as the road engineers, the chemical engineers, or the D.O.T. specialists that we deal with. But I do know roofing and dumpsters. So thats what I contribute; how to coordinate dumpster and roofing companies, show how they can help recycle with minimum expense. It can help them market themselves as green and responsible.
Really this post is just to say its a real privilege to be on the forefront of a new thing. I didn’t say idea, because this idea has been around for a while, but like some things it takes a while for the public opinion to change on this type of thing. But we can’t keep putting 11 million tons of shingles in the landfill every year.