Todd Miller - Roofing Expert

#4 – Recycled Content of Metal Roofing

Each week, we all gather our recyclables together and haul them out to the curb. At my house, that happens on Wednesdays. While collecting our recyclables is important, that is only one part of the recycling loop. Every once in awhile I will see a news story about warehouses full of collected papers and plastics, with no end use for those materials. When I hear those stories, it makes me wonder why I ever separate out my recyclables in the first place. Fact is, as consumers, we have very few opportunities to make major purchases that close the recycling loop. A metal roof is a great way to do that. Steel and copper roofs have about 35% recycled content and aluminum roofs have 95% or even more recycled content. Those numbers are huge. Being responsible with recycling needs to go beyond just collecting our used materials. It needs to include supporting streams for the use of recycled materials. A metal roof is a great way to do that.