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C&D World has been providing a venue for C&D Professionals from across the globe to learn and network since 1993. If you are involved or interested in the construction industry this conference is a must.
So pack your cowboy boots, and join Gemaco from the 25th to the 27th of March. Drop by the Rotochopper booth (#425) throughout the day or contact Terry directly if you are interested in meeting up or learning more about what Gemaco does.
Don’t forget to check out this presentation for more info on Shingle recycling:
Tuesday, March 27
8:30-9:15 am Shingle Recycling
Mostafa A. Elseifi, Ph.D., PE
Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University
Sponsored by GA
Why NOT recycle your Shingles, Really?
There are so many reasons for recycling your shingles while you are in the process of getting a shiny new roof. Here are the top 3 reasons in my opinion:
1) It won’t cost you anything. Roofers have to dispose of shingles anyway. It is generally more expensive to take them to a dump than to a shingle recycling facility. I wouldn’t want to support a roofing company that PAYS MORE for a LESS SUSTAINABLE dumping method, would you?
And look at that – we just took that list of 4 billion roofing companies to a manageable number, and made your decision that much easier!
2) It makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. And that is what is is all about. It is the same reason why we spend the time removing gluey paper labels from tin cans – recycling makes us feel good. Pitching in to ensure the sustainability of our planet for future generations is something we can talk about in coffee shops, and over business lunches. In a world where as much as 30 BILLION pounds of asphalt shingles are thrown in landfills every year, wouldn’t you want to be the person who starts tipping the scales the other way? And dont even get me STARTED on issues with landfills…
3) Recycled asphalt shingles = Safer roads. Extensive testing throughout the US has shown that paving mixes containing recycled asphalt shingles can perform better than asphalt mixes without recycled shingle waste. Asphalt pavement with recycled shingles has demonstrated an increased resistance to rutting and other advantages. Most of us spend a considerable amount of time on roads. Not only will these roads withstand the test of time (meaning less tax dollars for up-keep), and provide a safer smoother driving experience, just image how boggled your child’s mind will be when you tell them the road you are on used to be your roof!
So don’t be afraid to request your roofer bring your asphalt shingles to a recycling facility. In the long run they will be thanking you, and so will your planet!
About.com’s Rick LeBlanc is continually posting fantastic articles about recycling in BC and North America. If BC is your home and recycling is important to you (as it should be) you should be following Rick’s articles. Gemaco has been lucky enough to be featured a few times on the about.com site. Below is an excerpt about oil extraction from recycled shingles:
“Asphalt shingle recycling is a growing segment of the industry, and has enjoyed several markets for recycled asphalt shingles, especially for road work . However, the emergence of other new markets should help boost demand and improve prospects for recycling the approximate 11 million tons of scrap asphalt shingle material developed each year in the U.S.”
To read more of this article click here
Now, if BC is your home and you still believe recycling is not worth your time please take a moment and read about the importance of recycling. Do it for your children, and your children’s’ children, and their children…
Gemaco Sales launched British Columbia’s first licensed asphalt shingle recycling station in February, 2010. Based in the Vancouver area, Gemaco provides a win-win for roofers, landfill operations, the road building industry, the public at large, and the environment. With an estimated 80,000 tonnes of asphalt shingle material annually entering Vancouver area landfills, the company hopes to divert 70% of this material by 2015.
With tippage fees lower than at landfill sites, Gemaco offers:
- material diverted from crowded landfills
- a lower cost solution for shingle disposal
- a lower cost recycled material for road construction and kiln fuel
To read the rest of this article on About.com by Rick LeBlank click here
Welcome to Gemaco’s first blog post!
Gemaco is a family owned and operated business. Gemaco’s primary operation is an asphalt shingle recycling facility based on Annacis Island, Delta, B.C. We divert tear off asphalt shingles from landfills and process it into manufactured shingle additive and process engineered fuel. For more information or this process click here.
At Gemaco we are committed to creating a cleaner, greener sustainable future.