Recycling shingles for use in asphalt production is a responsible way to ensure sustainability — if it’s done right. When it’s not done right, things like “one of the worst solid waste dumps” in state history happen.
From 2010 to 2011 Lane collected shingles, construction debris, trash and wood, piled five stories high and extending nearly one city block in diameter in Valley Brook. Rather than separating the old shingle material from nails, wood, metal and other debris, Lane allowed the mess to pile up. Recycling shingles into road material is legally permitted, but only if the shingles are properly separated.
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