Shingle Recycle Operation Shut Down

A shingle recycling operation has been shut down by Omaha city inspectors and police. The collection site lacks permits.

Omaha's Chief building inspector Jay Davis watched as contractors hauling torn off roofs lined up outside the recycling facility near 9th & Grace.

U.S. Innovations of Dallas, Texas rented the property about two months ago. It charges roofers about $60 a load which is far less than area landfills or the only other shingle recycler in the metro.
Shingle petroleum and aggregate can be recycled into road asphalt.
However city inspectors said the operators don't have a certificate of occupancy and a special use permit.

Manager Wendy Harris told Fact Finders, "I don't think its fair. I'm running a recycling center."

A police detective who specializes in salvage cases wrote Harris a
citation for violating city code.

Harris said, "I'm going to listen to the city and cooperate."
The recycler needs those permits to reopen.

AN Internet search of publications shows that police in Gastonia, North Carolina shut down a similar shingle recycling center operated by U.S. Innovations in August. No permits were obtained there before the facility opened.

Calls to the corporate office in Dallas have not been returned.

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