What is it?
Asphalt shingles are made of either an organic or a fiberglass mat that is saturated with asphalt and covered by ceramic grains. Fiberglass-based asphalt shingles are manufactured with a base of glass fibers while organic-based shingles have a base composed of cellulose fibers, such as waste paper and wood fibers. Asphalt shingles make up 10% of the Construction, Renovation & Demolition (CRD) waste stream.
What is the issue?
Although shingles have potential to be recycled and reused, they make a large contribution to the waste accumulating in landfills. The nails in shingle waste cause problems with landfill equipment, often damaging their tires. Shingles manufactured before 1980 may contain asbestos. This can lead to serious health issues for people exposed to them, potentially causing lung diseases and cancer.
There are several companies, landfills, and waste transfer stations across the province that are willing to collect shingles. Check out our Waste Reduction Hub.