Recycle your roof?

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Staff Writer

Got an old roof? Would you like to keep it out of the landfill?

The board of directors of the West Central Solid Waste District, operators of recycling programs in Putnam and surrounding counties, is considering implanting a new asphalt recycling program. The idea is to reuse asphalt shingles for paving roads.

A site -- possibly near the county highway department -- could be set up for contractors to dump the old shingles. They will be ground up to make pavement.

There will be a cheaper fee -- about $30 in savings -- should the contractors dump old shingles to be recycled.

The board will further research the plan. Anyone with questions or ideas for recycling the shingles can contact the West Central Office in Greencastle at 653-2150.

In other recycling news, West Central is looking for new locations to place collection bins. Bins are currently located at Cloverdale and Roachdale, but officials want to see more added. Suggestions for locations were fire stations, grocery stores and schools.

A grant has been signed for containers. Anyone interested in hosting a bin is also asked to contact West Central.

In other business, the Greencastle Yardwaste Site, operated by West Central and located next to the county highway dept., will be closing Nov. 15 for the year. It will reopen the first Monday in April 2009.

This year there were 125 tons of yardwaste deposited at the site. This is consistent with previous years.

The next board of directors meeting will be at 9 a.m. Nov. 19. This will be their final meeting of the year.

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  • It would be nice to know what to do with styrofoam as it seems it is used in a lot for packing. I don't like sending it to the landfill because it doesn't break down.

    -- Posted by Scripted Spontaneity on Thu, Oct 23, 2008, at 5:12 PM
  • I've seen this done in other places. It works very well.

    Good idea.

    -- Posted by FAW on Fri, Oct 24, 2008, at 9:53 AM
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