As a leading manufacturer of asphalt shingles, GAF has long supported shingle recycling efforts, and have been sponsors of the "Find A Recycler" tool displayed on ShingleRecycling.org, a website supported by the Construction Materials Recycling Association. The challenge however is that contractors are seldom at their desktop computers when looking for their nearest recycler, and so a mobile solution was needed to make it easier to identify the nearest location when coming directly from the job site.
As sponsors of the initiative, GAF worked with Portland Webworks to develop a mobile-optimized version of the current tool, specifically targeted at smartphone and tablet users. Utilizing the Sencha Touch mobile framework, the new tool took advantage of device information to introduce new features like proximity search, and driving directions, while retaining traditional address lookup functionality. The new site also provides the ability to submit listings of new recyclers, ensuring that the database of available recycling locations continues to grow.
The new mobile-optimized solution underscores GAF's commitment to expanding the practice of shingle recycling, and their recognition that mobile technology is increasingly used by roofing contractors to improve efficiency. With the help of this new tool GAF can continue to encourage more and more contractors to consider recycling the old shingles from their next job.