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Aug 18, 2011 3:50 PM by Matt Stafford

Old shingles from your home may be more useful than you thought

The City of Colorado Springs is hosting a "Lunch-N-Learn" on Aug. 25th to talk about reusing asphalt roof singles to help build and fix Colorado roads.

Reusing asphalt roof shingles in asphalt roads is a natural fit, yet road materials are required to meet exacting standards to ensure longevity. Road projects across Colorado are now testing asphalt shingle mixes in order to achieve environmental and cost benefits. Recycled asphalt shingles (RAS) can replace a significant percentage (around five percent) of virgin binder asphalt used in roads. Positive impacts include landfill diversion, CO2 reductions, potential cost savings, and new business opportunities.

Colorado Springs has two new businesses that serve the roofing industry and prevent asphalt shingles from entering the landfill. At this event we'll also learn how local sites work with Colorado Springs roofers to collect and processes the shingles for reuse.

Road construction project managers from the Colorado Department of Transportation, Boulder County, and the City of Colorado Springs will join in a panel discussion to share the Recycled Asphalt Shingles (RAS) specifications they're using and their results so far.

The free lunch-n-learn runs over the noon lunch hour, from 12:11 to 12:49 p.m. at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave., in Suite 102. Attendees are encouraged to bring and enjoy their lunches during the presentation. Those who come have the opportunity to win a door prize tote bag made from recycled City banners.

Each month the City Green Team sponsors a Lunch-N-Learn to talk about environmental issues. If you have questions, you can call the City Sustainability Coordinator, Carrie McCausland, at 719-385-2746.

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