Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation allowing the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to start using asphalt made from recycled roofing shingles. It also allows businesses to increase the amount of shingles used in asphalt production and requires IDOT to maximize the use of recycled materials in construction projects. The governor's office estimates the state will save more than $8 million annually through the new legislation.
"In the midst of one of the busiest construction seasons in state history, we must continue to embrace green practices in building our roads," Quinn says. "This law will keep more shingles out of landfills, benefit the environment and save the state millions of dollars by expanding our use of recycled materials."
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