ALEXANDRIA, VA. (July 26) — The EPDM Roofing Association announced that a research project has been initiated into the possible recycling of EPDM single-ply roofing material.
This project, conducted jointly by Firestone Building Products Co. and Carlisle SynTec Inc., will provide the first data on the viability of recycling EPDM material, estimated costs of the recycling process and potential uses for the recycled material.
In the initial phase of the project, ERA, along with Firestone and Carlisle SynTec, will select pilot locations for the program and work with appropriate contractors and companies to remove, transport and recycle the material. Tests on the recycled material will then be conducted to determine its viability as a recyclable product, either on its own or in combination with other materials. This phase will begin this summer.
"This project reflects the commitment of everyone in the EPDM roofing industry to environmental responsibility," said Jim Hoff, Firestone vice president of technology and product development.
"Given the widespread adoption of EPDM roofing systems over the past 40 years, we recognize that a significant amount of material will be approaching the time for replacement, and therefore recycling, in the future."
EPDM roofing material accounts for more than one billion square feet of new roof coverings in the United States annually, with more than 500,000 warranted roof installations on 20 billion-plus square feet.