CertainTeed’s Roofing Responsibly™ Shingle Recycling Program Expands to Illinois and Wisconsin
(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed Corporation is expanding its Roofing Responsibly™ shingle recycling program to Illinois and Wisconsin through a new partnership with Southwind RAS, LLC. The program offers an environmentally friendly option for shingle disposal by collecting, recycling, and transforming the shingles into road paving materials.
“The Roofing Responsibly program — which helps keep old shingles out of landfills and put them to good use — reflects our overarching commitment to environmental responsibility, which includes sustainable manufacturing practices, innovative product development and beneficial reuse programs,” says Bob Gardiner, vice president of marketing for CertainTeed Roofing. “And, by offering a wide array of CertainTeed roofing options that are ENERGY STAR® certified as well as solar roofing solutions, homeowners can further their commitment to going green even more.”
To participate in the Roofing Responsibly program, homeowners can visit www.certainteed.com to locate a CertainTeed credentialed contractor that will help them select their new shingles and facilitate the recycling process. Once the contractor removes the old shingles, they will transport them to the nearest Southwind RAS location, which uses a separation and grinding process to make the recycled product suitable for use in road paving applications. Homeowners will receive a certificate from CertainTeed confirming the shingles have been recycled.
CertainTeed is home to 10 roofing manufacturing facilities throughout the United States that are fully engaged in reducing the company’s environmental footprint. Collectively, the plants divert more than 250,000 tons of waste a year from landfills. In addition to asphalt shingles, CertainTeed Roofing offers innovative products that significantly boost the energy efficiency of a home, including Landmark Solaris™ solar reflective shingles and the Apollo® photovoltaic roofing system. For the fourth consecutive year, CertainTeed’s efforts have been recognized through the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year program.
To find a credentialed CertainTeed contractor or for more information, homeowners can visit www.certainteed.com/roofing.
About Southwind RAS
Southwind RAS, LLC specializes in recycling asphalt shingles from residential homes into a viable road-building product. Since the company’s formation in 2010, they have diverted almost 200,000 tons of asphalt shingle waste from landfills and back into the economic mainstream. Southwind RAS is proud to promote green initiatives in the industry to conserve landfill space, reduce carbon footprints, and replace virgin material through recycling. Southwind RAS continues to work closely with the Illinois DOT, Illinois Tollway and Illinois EPA to develop specifications for the handling and use of reclaimed asphalt shingles (RAS), the result of which allows RAS to be used in hot mix and warm mix asphalt. The company’s RAS product has provided a cost-saving and performance-enhancing solution to Illinois road paving projects. With several locations throughout Northern and Central Illinois, as well as three locations in Southern Wisconsin, Southwind RAS demonstrates their commitment to turning roofs into roads by providing roofing contractors, recycling centers, and haulers with an opportunity to recycle shingles as a convenient and affordable way to do the right thing for future generations. For more information, visit www.southwindras.com or call 630-524-9020.
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.
A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,000 employees and more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CertainTeed earned the 2011 and 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The group had total sales of approximately $3 billion in 2010. www.certainteed.com