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Recycling a home, one frame and shingle at a time


VERONA (WKOW) -- By now we know the Anders-Beatty family from Richland County is living in a brand new home, courtesty the ABC show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Their 81-year-old house wasn't just torn down, however.  It was recycled.

Verona business Second Season Recycling specializes in the process.  General manager Brian Mullen said that due to guidelines from the Wisconsin Green Built Home program on how to build an more environmentally friendly house, more construction and demolition crews are recycling as much as they can.

In the case of the Anders-Beatty home, the pieces that were torn apart were trucked to the recycling business in Verona.  The wood was ground and turned into mulch or other landscaping materials.

The shingles were sorted and ground up as well.  That's important because shingles are partly made from petroleum... just like asphalt.  In this age of high-priced oil, anyway to recycle the material can make road projects cheaper.

"Basically this is what you end up with," said Mullen, as he walks over to the final product of a massive shingle recycling line.  "It's almost the consistency of a coffee ground. And that's what get put back in the hot mix in the asphalt."

Shingles are a particularly hot item to recycle since many of the old rooves following the 2006 hail storm are being diverted from the Dane County landfill to that recycling firm.

Right now, the material is used in parking lots.  The DOT still has to approve its use for roads.

In total, Mullen said about 87-percent of what is brought to Second Season can be recycled. The business also recycled items like excess construction material, wood pallets, and brush.

The Bruce Company created Second Season Recyling three years ago. It was spun off as a separate business in recent months.

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