ASTM Standard Seeks to Reduce Roofing Materials in Landfills

A new ASTM International standard will help reduce the amount of used roofing materials that go to landfills. ASTM’s Committee on Roofing and Waterproofing (D08) developed the standard, which is available as D8013-16, “Standard Guide for Establishing a Recycle Program for Roof Coverings Roofing Membrane and Shingle Materials”.

According to ASTM member Joseph Schwetz of Canton, Mass.-based Sika Sarnafil Inc., the new guide will help building owners who want to minimize their environmental impact by eliminating waste during roof replacement. The standard will help them and their contractors compare the costs for disposal versus recycling.

In addition, manufacturers will use the standard to determine whether recycled roofing materials could be a cost-effective ingredient in creating new roofing products.

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GAF Achieves ‘Waste Diversion from Landfill’ Certification

GAF announces that its Tuscaloosa, Ala., facility is its second asphalt shingle plant in North America to achieve “Waste Diversion from Landfill” certification. Conducted by GreenCircle Certified LLC, a certifier of sustainability claims in products and operations, this Waste Diversion from Landfill certification demonstrates the dedication GAF has to the responsible management of end-of-life materials.

GAF has pioneered several initiatives to increase operational efficiency, reduce waste and divert material from landfills. Partnering with recyclers and like-minded organizations, GAF has not only developed unique ways to reuse waste material internally, but has also identified alternative uses for previously landfilled waste. Utilizing these progressive waste management practices, along with innovative recycling initiatives, GAF achieved an impressive waste diversion rate of 94 percent at its Tuscaloosa facility.

“As Waste Diversion from Landfill emerges as a critical sustainable performance measure, forward-thinking companies are finding innovative material management solutions,” says Tad Radzinski, certification officer at GreenCircle. “With its second plant receiving GreenCircle certification, GAF is not only leading the way in waste diversion, but it is also ensuring accountability and transparency in its sustainability claims.”

Continued growth in the green building market is prompting emphasis on sustainability for building product suppliers like GAF. Third-party certification of sustainability claims adds a level of integrity for manufacturers, which is key to establishing credibility and gaining consumer confidence. “Sustainability and transparency are cornerstones of our business strategy at GAF,” says Gregg Baran, director of specialty manufacturing at GAF. “GreenCircle certification verifies our claims and helps us showcase our waste leadership in a way that resonates with our customers and employees.”