A Moose Jaw roofing company has become the first in the province to recycle shingles.
© Times-Herald photo by Nathan Frank
Justin Fall, president of Advanced Roofing shows off ground up shingles which will be used for asphalt on Saskatchewan highways.
Advanced Roofing hope to recycle the 300 tons of asphalt shingles that they regularly put into the landfill each year. Once the shingles are deposited they are then buried.
Justin Fall, president of Advanced Roofing said they want to be a company that reduces their carbon footprint and he figured this was the best way to do it.
“I saw how much we put into the landfill every year and I have roofed in Alberta before, where they did do this and I thought someone has to start doing this otherwise our landfills will be mounding with shingles (when they) could be reused for something else,” said Fall.
Advanced Roofing will be recycling the shingles by grinding up the wasted shingles into a finer product that can be re-used for asphalt mixes for Saskatchewan highways. The company plans to donate the ground up shingles to paving companies.
“It will help the environment because they won’t have to mine new or virgin asphalt to the tune of between 5 and 25 per cent in their mixes,” he said. “It can be used in a cold asphalt mix, which is what they use to patch potholes and do small repairs.”
Fall said the only other group to recycle shingles in the province travel from Alberta where they take the shingles from the Regina and Saskatoon landfills back to Alberta to be recycled.
The Advanced Roofing president hopes to get the city and other roofing companies involved in recycling their shingles in the future. He foresees picking up used shingles at the landfill and recycling them at the Advanced Roofing yard.
Nathan Frank can be reached at 306-691-1263.