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DPR First to Use New Shingle Recycling Center in Cincinnati

Shingle Recycling Center Opens in Cincinnati

First dump in Cincinnati shingle recycling centerApril 21, 2010 — On the eve of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, a green ribbon was cut in Lockland, Ohio to officially launch a new shingle recycling center for the Cincinnati area. The first load of torn-off shingles deposited at the facility was from Deer Park Roofing, Inc. President Nick Sabino witnessed the event.

"We are pleased to have a convenient facility for recycling," said Sabino. "Homeowners are concerned about the environment and this center makes it easy for us to do the right thing and recycle our tear-offs. We can use this as an additional selling point."

The new recycling center is owned and operated by Heritage Environmental Services and is part of a national alliance with Owens Corning Roofing & Asphalt. The center is near the headquarters and main operating location of Mueller Roofing Distributors, Inc. Satellite recycling facilities will be added throughout the metropolitan area for contractor convenience.

Attending the event with Owens Corning, Heritage and Mueller representatives were local officials and area roofing contractors. Afterwards, Owens Corning™ Preferred Contractors were offered an opportunity to take the recycling pledge and sign up for the program. Participants receive a discount on the dumping fee.

The recycling operation in Cincinnati joins the facilities established last fall in Indianapolis. Heritage began collecting tear-off shingles on a trial basis in March last year and officially launched their national program with Owens Corning Roofing & Asphalt in October. Seven or more new metropolitan areas are expected to open recycling operations in 2010.

Next up this year will be Chicago, Minneapolis and Denver. Other locations planned for 2010 include Nashville, Northern Indiana and a market in Florida.

Owens Corning Roofing & Asphalt became the first roofing manufacturer to simplify shingle recycling for contractors by connecting them with shingle recycling centers through a national strategic alliance. Heritage Environmental Services, the company's alliance partner, is the largest privately-held environmental company in the U.S. with services ranging from research to business development. Heritage will provide convenient and efficient local recycling facilities and process the torn-off shingles for use in paving material.

Nick Sabino receives certification from Barry HornbacherOwens Corning™ Preferred Contractors who take the shingle recycling pledge receive a discounted rate for recycling their shingle tear-offs. Shingle tear-off material that is brought to recycling centers by others will not be turned away but will be charged the standard price.

Benefits to Preferred Contractors include convenient drop-off locations, costs that are competitive with other methods of disposal and the ability to further differentiate their businesses in the eyes of homeowners with shingle recycling.

"There has been a need for an end-of-life solution for roofing materials," said Barry Hornbacher, shingle recycling business leader. "Millions of tons of asphalt roofing shingles are discarded in landfills every year, taking up space and wasting valuable resources such as asphalt and aggregate.

"By selecting an Owens Corning Preferred™ Roofing Contractor who has taken the shingle recycling pledge, homeowners can be assured that their shingles will be recycled, and at no extra cost," added Hornbacher.