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Niagara Waste Systems – Used Roofing Shingles Buried in Landfill – Study

13/10/2011

Word has been received from Walker Industries.  I sent an email in order to determine what happens to one waste product, namely used roofing shingles: recycled or not? The answer is no.

Used Roofing Shingles are BURIED in Niagara's Landfill

The roofers were absolutely correct.  Now the brain must try to absorb the exponential amount of just used roofing shingles that must exist, buried, like a deep dark secret.

As we continue desiring green energy, renewable, clean tech and all those other goodies that make our eyes sparkle, our consciences feel better, are we forgetting the immense and exponentially grown and continuously growing pile of  just one waster product that does not bio-degrade?

There is a much deeper story here and it is one I intend to get to the bottom of, literally.

Technology and desire exists.  In the next posts, I hope to start figuring out the barriers.

Here is the communication (in reverse order, most recent to first):

Good morning,

At the drop-off, all shingles are dumped directly into a roll off bin
and then sent to Niagara Waste Systems for landfill disposal.

Taylor

—–Original Message—–
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Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:51 AM
To: Taylor Webb
Subject: RE: Walker Ask Us a Question Form

Thank you for your response, Mr. Webb.

I believe I have to rephrase the question.

What does your facility do with the used shingles (policy, procedure,
environmental procedure?) after they have been
dumped off by residents and commercial/contractors?

I hope this is clearer.

I thank you in advance for your knowledgeable reply.

Sincerely,

Niagara Falls Resident

> Good afternoon,
>
> We accept shingles at a rate of $66.50/metric tonne for both residents
> and contractors. You will be weighed on the inbound and outbound
scale
> and your disposal fee will be based on your weight. We have a $10
> minimum charge.
>
> Our facility is open 8am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday.
>
> If you have any other questions, feel free to call me at 905-680-3059.
>
> Thanks and have a great day!
>
> Taylor
>
>
>
> —–Original Message—–
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> Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 10:02 AM
> To: contact weg
> Subject: Walker Ask Us a Question Form
>
>
> On Oct-12-2011 (10:01:46 AM), the following individual filled out the
> Ask Us a Question form:
>
> First Name: x
> Last Name: xxxxxxxxxxx
> Phone: xxxxxxxxxxx
> Fax:
> Email Address: ///////////
>
> Hello! I am a home-owner in Niagara Falls (Montrose Road). I was
> wondering if you could please tell me your policy and procedures for
> used shingle (roofing) disposal when dropped off both by residential
and
> commercial/industrial?
>
> Thank you for your assistance.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Niagara Falls Resident

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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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