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Not Recycled! Study: Used Roofing Shingles Disposal in Niagara, Ontario – Environment Heads Buried in Landfill

12/10/2011

Had a discussion with a local roofer & scrapper from the Niagara Falls area.

The first thing he told me when he found out I am a sustainability consultant is that used roofing shingles in this area are simply buried in the landfill.

No recycle. No program. Nothing.

Since my focus recently has been looking at legislation & impacts of it across not only Ontario and Canada, but pretty much the entire globe, that I sometimes tend to forget about my own backyard.

I simply cannot overlook and ignore what this local small business owner had to say.

So this is where my daily study on simply one product, used roofing shingles and their disposal procedures in Niagara (& Ontario) begins.  The vision at the end of the day is to have secured some type of logical procedure to recycle & clean-up that which has already been compromised, namely the Walker Industries landfill here in Niagara Falls.

My discussion with this local roofer led me to his father, an 83 year old gentleman, who served on the Niagara Falls City Council and has been privy to much knowledge about the goings on in the environment of Niagara and Ontario.  This very knowledgeable, experienced man has pointed to the watershed destruction & compromise that has occurred as a result of shingle burial (combined with other un-biodegradeable junk) at the landfill site, affecting the townships surrounding it.  He spoke of having once approached the City to have an incineration technology put in to deal with it (a number of years ago) but that this had been dismissed.

Now it’s homework time.

1) Shingles: traditional ingredients; any scientific data available

2) Walker Industries: owns biggest landfill in Ontario; list of policies and procedures re: used shingles; description or copy of future plans

3) Understanding the local law, local traditions, local politics (OMG!) & their effects;

4) Research into history of environment of area and surrounding areas; any scientific data available

5) Creating a plan, proposal and/or solution; research into effective shingle recycling programs; research into potential of small business creation

The probability that these 5 first areas will expand into more is high.  Ask a question, get an answer = 100 more questions.

Please stay tuned and join me in observing, researching & perhaps even changing how one waste product, used roofing shingles, are disposed of in Niagara and Ontario.

But what do I know? 🙂

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One comment

  1. Hi, I came upon your article which i found very intresting. Currently I am in the process of launching my own business in RAS (recycle asphalt shingles).The protential of this project is huge. Most municipalities need to cange there long term vision.I am hoping that Norththumberland county is progressive in their thinking.
    Robin.



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