In April 2010, Horch Roofing founder, Peter Horch, made a decision that 100% of his company’s roofing waste material would be recycled. In 2018, Horch Roofing reached a momentous recycling milestone of 10 million pounds of roofing waste that will not end up in a local, Maine landfill. As of summer 2021, Horch Roofing has recycled over 16 Million pounds of roofing waste, and the number grows as we do!
“[In 2010] it was hard to imagine that eight years later we would be celebrating this incredible milestone,” Horch said. “Being able to sustainably grow the company and continue my commitment to keeping 500 tons of roofing debris out of local landfills each year hasn’t been an easy task. It was important to me as a business owner and member of the local community to not contribute to the 100,000 tons of re-roofing waste that ends up in Maine’s landfills each year.”
When Peter started Horch Roofing in 2003, he would drive his pickup-truck full of shingles and roofing waste from roofing projects to the Camden dump. In the early years, he would pull into the dump and drive down into the landfill to dump the roofing materials. As his company grew, and Peter became busier, other members of his team would make these trips. One day, while filling in for an employee, Peter returned to the dump to find that he was now driving up the landfill.
“I then realized that I was driving up over my own debris – debris that I’ve pulled from peoples’ roofs,” said Horch. “That mountain is never going to go away. It will be there until my great-grandchildren are living here. And I thought, ‘I just don’t want to do it anymore.’”
After attending a conference on how to create innovative business practices, Peter had an idea: he would create the Reroof and Recycle Program and commit his company to recycling 100% of the roofing waste it was pulling from local roofing projects in the Midcoast. Working with CPRC Group) in Scarborough to convert this waste material into a reusable aggregate material, Horch Roofing has, in the past, put the material to use in its own driveway and parking lot through the Ton-to-Ton exchange program.
“Each year, Maine produces over 100,000 tons of re-roofing waste that ends up in landfills,” said Horch. The 2018, 10 million-pound milestone by the company puts a significant dent in the amount of waste that is left for future generations to manage.
Learn more about Horch Roofing’s Reroof and Recycle Program at https://horchroofing.com/reroof-recycle/.
Horch Roofing is coastal Maine’s trusted roofing contractor. We have been roofing homes from Kittery to Castine since 2003 and serve the communities of Maine from our offices in Warren and South Portland. We also have a dedicated Northern Maine sales estimator serving Hancock County and Bar Harbor. Horch Roofing installs and repairs Metal Roofing, Asphalt Shingle Roofing, EPDM Rubber Roofing, and Seamless Gutters for both residential and commercial roofing projects. We offer free roofing and gutter replacement estimates. You can call us at (207) 273-1111 or contact us online.