Dispose of roofing felt

Until about thirty years ago, no attention was paid to the health hazards of ingredients in the production of roofing felt. Both asbestos and tar can be contained in old roofing boards. Both substances are known today as carcinogenic. These roofing boards are officially called "waste in need of supervision". But even newer bitumen products must be disposed of properly. In addition to the personal protection of the craftsman, the transport and storage of old roofing felt must follow important rules.

Legal regulations must be observed

  1. When covering a roof, protect working gloves, protective goggles and breathing mask from the toxic components in the roofing felt. Long sleeved clothing and long pants avoid direct contact with the skin.
  2. Immediately wrap the removed roofing felt pieces in plastic wrappers or bags to minimize environmental impact. Calculate the need for packaging before removal.
  3. When disposing of the roofing felt, do not mix it with other waste or rubbish, as the leftovers are only sorted on special landfills.
  4. Depending on the quantity, a container should be ordered ordered, as old roofing felt is both bulky and has a high dead weight. In the container, only tarpaper and tar sheets, roof shingles, bitumen and tar residues must be disposed of together with the roofing felt.
  5. Used roofing felt is categorized with the so-called waste code numbers AVV 170301 and AVV 170303. They are considered hazardous waste and may not be stored on the property simply for cost reasons.
  6. The professional disposal is carried out by specialized companies and special waste dumps. For example, it is easy to find out where the roofing felt can be delivered on the Entsorgungs.de website.
  7. If the roofing felt is to be renewed on a roof, the old residues must be removed. When laying new roofing felt on the old, the weight is too high and the pressure can cause high temperatures, which can lead to fire.