Recycle Asphalt Roofing Shingles

Residential roofing shingles that, in the past have only been a waste and sent to the landfill, can now be recycled. Roofing shingles contain asphalt and stone that can be used in hot mix road asphalt used in road repair or driveway and parking lot construction. Recycling roofing shingles or 'tear offs' will keep a large quantity of material out of the landfill, which is good for the environment, but it is good for business as well.

--Recycling shingles cost less for the roofer and home owner.

--Landfilling costs are about $16 to $20 a cubic yard vs $8 to $14 a cubic yard to recycle shingles.

--Recycling shingles will reduce the amount of new petroleum product purchases for the paving industry. This can reduce the cost for the road repair or the new driveway or parking lot.

--Lastly, recycling brings new jobs to Michigan.

There are presently five locations approved by the DEQ to accept shingles for recycling. The list is below and available at:

Approved Shingle Recycling Locations

Anyone interested in starting up a shingle recycling program can get information on the waste requirements in the Asphalt Shingle Exemption at   Contact Duane Roskoskey, Waste and Hazardous Materials Division at 517-335-4712 or email  with questions about this exemption.