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Safely recycle those old roofing shingles

New operation opens in Southeast Portland to collect old asphalt shingles

Roofers are getting a new locale in Southeast Portland to drop off old asphalt roofing shingles for recycling.

Starting Thursday, March 31, Northwest Shingle Recyclers will accept shingles at its operation at 6110 S.E. 111th Avenue.

The facility is part of a growing national network of shingle recycling centers affiliated with Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt, the nation's second-largest asphalt shingle manufacturer. Owens Corning hopes to use the recycling centers to help its affiliated contractors market this as a new service to customers, says Barry Hornbacher, shingle recycling business manager for the company in Toledo, Ohio.

A typical shingled roof in Portland weighs 14,000 pounds and contains 10 barrels' worth of oil. Much of that waste is now going to landfills.

There are other places in Portland that accept shingles, and an operation in Salem that grinds them for reuse in road construction.

'We want to make sure that roofing contractors have some consistency and ease of use in being able to recycle,' Hornbacher says. 'We really want our contractors to be able to promise to homeowners that they're doing the right thing for the environment.'

Shingles collected in Portland will be recycling for use in roadways, Hornbacher says.

Any contractor may use the new Portland facility.