HOUSTON, TEXAS (June 1, 2010)—Tear-off residential composition asphalt shingles are now being recycled into roadbed material. This demonstrates that yet another type of construction material waste can be commercially recycled in the Greater Houston Area.
Houston-based Cherry, provider of demolition, deconstruction, dismantling and recycling services, is now accepting “clean,” residential composition asphalt shingles for recycling at two of its recycling facilities: at 616 FM 521, Fresno, TX 77545 and at 4601 Holmes Road, Houston, TX 77033. Cherry accepts used and manufacturer waste shingles at no charge, and plans to open additional shingle-recycling locations in Houston.
“By ‘clean,’ we mean that a load of shingles must not contain any wood, paper or other debris,” said Wesley Guidry, General Manager of Cherry’s Portable Recycling Division. “However, we will accept metal flashing for recycling. And, we will supply trash bags and dumpsters for disposal of paper and debris generated from shingle job sites—all at no charge.”
Guidry explained that Cherry will use special grinder machines to process the shingles into material for use in roadbeds and as dust suppressants for crushed concrete roads throughout Texas.
“Shingles are a valuable resource and shouldn’t be tossed into landfills,” says Bill Turley, executive director of the Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA). “Because this type of residential shingle is 100 percent recyclable, transforming it into usable roadbed material is the right thing to do for the environment.”
According to the CMRA, approximately 11 million tons of waste shingles are generated nationally each year. Of this total, the organization estimates that only 1-2 million tons are being recycled for further use, with the remainder ending up in landfills.
“Asphalt shingle recycling helps reduce construction and demolition waste, which is the goal of many states as well as the Environmental Protection Agency,” Guidry added. “In addition, shingle recycling contributes to sustainability in construction practices, as well as green building objectives.”
Cherry already recycles more than one million tons of concrete and 40,000 tons of steel each year, and is considered one of the biggest recyclers in the state of Texas.
Cherry, based in Houston, Texas, was founded in 1952 and has grown to meet and exceed the changing demands of customers, communities and governing bodies. The company’s complete cycle of capabilities includes: safety-first demolition contracting for an industrial site, office building, or home; cost-effective removal of road and highway materials; superior resources for stabilized materials; and professional recycling of demolition and other industrial waste. For more information, see www.cherrycompanies.com.
About Construction Materials Recycling Association
Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA) promotes the safe and economically feasible recycling of the more than 325 million tons of recoverable construction and demolition (C&D) materials that are generated in the United States annually. These materials include aggregates, such as concrete, asphalt, asphalt shingles, gypsum wallboard, wood and metals. CMRA represents a diverse group of member companies and agencies from the many C&D materials recycling disciplines and industry specialties active in the United States and other countries. For more information, see www.cdrecycling.org.