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One aspect of a roof replacement project that may easily be overlooked in the planning stage is what to do with the old material that is removed from the existing roof. If this is not thought out in advance, there will likely be a bit of a reality check when the waste begins to pile up in the yard. Fortunately, there is a way to avoid the anxiety of dealing with the problem after the fact by making arrangements in advance to have a container placed at the site before the Roseville roofing work begins. Usually a simple phone call to a local waste or recycling company is all it takes to get the ball rolling. The disposal company will deliver a container and leave it on site until it the project is complete. There are a variety of sizes available. The scope of the project will dictate what size works best. It may be something as small as an eight cubic yard box type hopper or as large as a 40 cubic yard open top roll off container.

The next question is what to do with the material once the container is ready to empty.

The roofing contractors at Allstate Roofing of Roseville can assist you with any questions regarding residential roofing or storm damage.

There are two basic choices: Send it to a local landfill or have it recycled. Putting old roofing material in a landfill means it will take up valuable space and just sit there forever. As time goes on and the material begins to break down, harmful chemicals will begin to leach out and potentially contaminate the ground water. The associated costs of sending it to a landfill will typically include a container rental fee, a pull charge to take it to the landfill and a disposal fee that is usually based on tonnage.

Recycling is by far the better choice as it prevents pollution issues associated with putting the material in a landfill and will be more cost effective as well. Asphalt shingles, the most common roofing material that needs to be discarded, can be ground into small pieces and used in asphalt plants as an ingredient in pavement material. During this process, the product will go through a magnet that will remove any nails or other metal that is mixed in. Of course, the metal is also recyclable. Wood products that are part of the mix can be ground into mulch. The advantages of recycling are three fold: natural resources are preserved because a beneficial use is found for the waste, valuable landfill space is not consumed and it saves money.

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