In today’s day and age, the average consumer is beginning to put more effort into making sustainable choices for the environment in everyday purchases. For some people, a total roof replacement is unavoidable, and recently we’ve had clients ask us about ways they can recycle their old asphalt shingles, instead of tossing them in a landfill. Seeing as shingles can take over 400 years to break down in a landfill, finding ways to recycle them instead is a great choice! Today we will discuss 3 easy ways you can recycle your old and used shingles.
One of the most common choices for shingle recycling is the method that melts down shingles into asphalt that can be re-purposed into roads and parking lots. Many large cities offer these programs, as the recycled shingles can be used to fix public roads and save the city money.
Do you have a garden at home? Asphalt shingles make excellent root guards, and can be used to block weeds from disrupting your garden. You can use individual shingles to protect specific plants, or you can use a layer of shingles to create a complete root blocker underneath your flowerbed.
If you would like to install a path in your year, you can use old shingles in lieu of gravel or stones. This method saves you money, and creates a smoother pathway.