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Millions of pounds of recyclable material dumped at landfill instead

Many roofing companies boast they are sending scrap shingles to be recycled, but the material is really piling up across Indiana with nowhere to go.

Bob Segall

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Published: 11:05 PM EST November 8, 2021
Updated: 12:50 AM EST November 9, 2021

When powerful storms dropped golf ball- and baseball-sized hail on central Indiana this spring and summer, the resulting damage was massive. Roofs took the brunt of the storms’ fury, with thousands of homes getting new roofs due to March and June hail that caused more than $500 million in damages.

While insurance companies and homeowners suffered significant losses, the biggest loser from this year’s hail probably isn’t who you might expect. The storms’ impact on Indiana’s environment will last hundreds of years.

A 13News investigation has discovered a promising effort in Indiana to collect and recycle discarded roofing material has stalled, leaving enormous piles of asphalt shingles to pile up in landfills and at recycling companies that have nowhere to send them. The result is tens of millions of pounds of construction waste that could be recycled in Indiana are not being recycled at all, even as some roofing companies deceptively claim otherwise.