What are your thoughts on recycled ashphalt shingles (RAS)? How would you like to incorporate them into your contracting business?
On the one hand, it is an economical and efficient material for road construction. On the other hand, it is a potentially hazardous waste that requires special control because there is a possibility of environmental pollution by heavy metals, organic compounds, and asbestos contained in some types of shingles. You need to be confident in the quality of the material and have a proven and reliable supplier.
No doubt that there are considerations like this. There are some states that have RAS usage in place with all appropriate regulations. Not so in NYS.
The easier road for RAS usage is in parking lots and driveways. Public road usage could be limited to the base coat. If there is a will, there's a way! The industry sends millions and millions of pounds into landfills each year. Some (most?) could be used as RAS!
Recycled asphalt shingles (RAS) are a type of recycled material that is made from waste asphalt shingles. They are commonly used as a component in asphalt pavement mixtures, as they can help improve the performance and durability of the pavement.
One of the main benefits of using RAS in pavement mixtures is that it can help reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfills. Additionally, using recycled materials like RAS can help reduce the environmental impact of producing new asphalt materials.
If you have a contracting business that involves working with asphalt pavement, incorporating RAS into your business could be a way to differentiate yourself from competitors and appeal to environmentally-conscious customers. You could consider partnering with a local or regional RAS supplier to obtain the material, or invest in equipment to process and recycle waste asphalt shingles yourself.
Can't do RAS if there isn't a recycler in my area.
Can't become a profitable recycler if there is no one to sell it to due to:
1. transportation costs
2. no state DOT regulations allowing asphalt companies to use it
3. Even if there were state DOTs allowing it, are asphalt companies going to take and use it? Is there a consumer demand for it?