An Industry First: Shingles with Recycled Asphalt Content
In a first for the roofing industry, a newly-patented manufacturing process developed by GAF has global implications for improving sustainability and increasing material circularity across the roofing supply chain.
Each year, the U.S. produces nearly 13 million tons of asphalt waste, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Some of this waste includes old shingles that are torn off of roofs at the end of their life cycle, which typically end up in landfills, to the detriment of the economy and the environment.
As the largest roofing manufacturer in North America, GAF, a Standard Industries company, saw an opportunity to divert this waste back into the manufacturing process. Now, after extensive research and development, the company has announced the successful production of the first-ever roofing shingle containing recycled asphalt content. GAF is committing over $100 million to bring this patented technology to scale across its commercial operations, launching a pilot program in 2021 that will expand research and maximize the amount of recycled asphalt that can be used, while ensuring that the quality and reliability of GAF’s products remain the number one priority.
“The potential of this product clearly makes it the most significant sunstainability initiative that we, at GAF, have ever taken on.”Jim Schnepper, President of GAF, in interview with Fast Company