Houston-based Cherry, a leading Gulf Coast recycler of construction materials, continues to do its part to preserve natural resources and reduce waste ending up in area landfills. The company recently announced it will now accept ‘clean,’ tear-off residential composition asphalt shingles for recycling.
Wesley Guidry, general manager of Cherry’s Portable Recycling Division, says that the company will use special grinder machines to process the shingles into material for use in roadbeds and as dust suppressants from crushed concrete roads throughout Texas.
According to Guidry, Cherry now accepts used and manufacturer waste shingles at no charge at its recycling facility at 616 FM 521, Fresno, TX, 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,” says Guidry. “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.”
Formed in 1952, Cherry is well-known across Texas and around the world for demolishing buildings, recycling a majority of the materials generated, including steel, and crushing vast quantities of concrete and asphalt for reuse in roadbeds. The company employs more than 200 people, and is ranked as one of the largest demolition and recycling companies in the United States.
Each year, Cherry recycles more than one million tons of concrete, and 40,000 tons of steel that find new life in commercial projects in the U.S. and abroad.
“On a typical industrial or commercial demolition project, we are able to recycle between 88 and 92 percent of the materials generated,” says Leonard Cherry, president and CEO.
“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 notes. “In addition, shingle recycling contributes to sustainability in construction practices, as well as green building objectives.”