Pay attention to zoning, and guard against illegal dumping. These are two key messages coming out of a case in Ohio. A Youngstown asphalt shingle recycling business has been shut down by local authorities. According to a news report, city officials cited the owner for "accepting rubbish and trash."
While the company has a city zoning permit for a recycling business, it does not have the zoning to be a transfer station. Officials argue that it falls into this category because shingles and other debris are accepted and then later shipped elsewhere for processing. Transfer stations are not allowed within city limits.
The owner argues that all of the material he is accepting has come from roof jobs. Certainly there are a number of materials generated from shingle recycling. The city says that he is running a general construction and demolition site, with a mix of shingles, plastic and aluminum. He says that there is residual debris from when he acquired the site, and that subsequently, there has been illegal dumping on the property.
It is not uncommon for some materials recovered at an asphalt shingle recycling facility to be shipped elsewhere for processing, but in this case, it sounds like all material is being transferred.