Business Saving Shingles from Landfill

By Justin Foss, Reporter

Site Manager Clayton Ostrum arranges used shingles at the Roof 2 Road recycling location at 4850 J St SW, Cedar Rapids on Aug, 11, 2010. The national company offers an alternative to burying the shingles in the landfill and instead uses the asphalt shingles as road construction material. (Justin Foss/Sourcemedia Group)

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Shingles are getting a second life after a new company opened up in Cedar Rapids.

The retired roofing materials used to go to the landfill and take up space. The Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency estimated they took in 2,000 to 2,500 tons of used shingles every year.

“It’s a lot of stuff just sitting in the landfill, getting no use, and it’s a lot of waste,” said Clayton Ostrum, Site Manager for Roof 2 Road, Cedar Rapids.

Roof 2 Road is a national company that now has a site in Cedar Rapids at 4850 J St SW. The company takes shingles and recycles them. Many of the asphalt shingles will find life again as road material.

It’s a $25 fee to dump a ton of shingles and related material, said Ostrum. However, Stacie Johnson with the Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency, said the cost to dump at the landfill is $38 a ton. Her agency supports Roof 2 Road, and encourages people to skip the landfill.

“The less we put into the landfill, the longer it will last and the more affordable it is for people to throw things away, when it’s finally time to throw things away,” said Johnson.

Johnson said the business concept has taken off in other parts of the country, especially in Missouri. She said it’s been slow to catch on in Eastern Iowa, but she hopes Roof 2 Road will help speed up the green, environmentally-friendly movement.

“At this point in the game, there’s no reason to throw shingles in the landfill any longer,” said Johnson.

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