February 28, 2013

Recycling the roof?

Lots of construction sound around here this week. The owner has decided to replace the roof on several of the buildings in the complex, including mine. He hired a company to do it, and they've got a front loader with an extensible arm that they're using to lift the new roofing material up on top of the three-story building, and to bring down the old roofing material after the carpenters strip it off.

It's been getting dumped into a big steel dumpster and there's a sign on the side that says they're going to recycle it. I can't figure out how. What in heck do you use old roofing for? How do you recycle it? What does it become?

UPDATE: They're working directly over me now, and every once in a while a piece of debris falls past my window. It's kind of weird. Feels like a Monty Python sketch, except that no person has gone by yet (thank goodness).

I don't expect that; these guys are wearing safety lines, and anyway they're being careful.

One thing I'm not going to do is go out on my deck, stick my head out, and look up.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Daily Life at 09:36 AM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 Most roof shingles are asphalt based, and they can be recycled into road base, pothole fill material, etc.  There is even a company that extracts fuel oil from them.

Posted by: David at February 28, 2013 10:07 AM (qw+UI)

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I was figuring that was what someone would say. But there's a lot of cellulose in them, too, and that's not something you'd want to use on a road. It wouldn't last.

Processing them for fuel is a better idea; that one I can buy.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 28, 2013 11:21 AM (+rSRq)

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