According to the Construction Materials Recycling Association, approximately 11 million tons of waste asphalt roofing shingles are generated in the US each year.
Re-roofing jobs (“tear-offs” or “post-consumer material”) account for up to 10 million tons, with another 1 million tons coming from manufacturing scrap (“virgin” or “pre-consumer material”).
In addition, there is a growing shortage of landfill space nationwide. Increased regulations and permitting has drastically slowed the development of new landfills, a problem which is expected to intensify in future periods. Space concerns are evidenced by the increase in landfill fees which currently range from $35 per ton in rural areas to $100 per ton in urban regions.
Empower represents an economic use for recycled shingles. Through Empowers’ proprietary technology, shingle waste will be converted to a valuable and economic application while saving valuable landfill space; providing a winning proposition for the asphalt shingle industry, landfill operators and the Company.