Shingles (Asphalt) Alternative ways to recycle Special Instructions Shingles (asphalt) need to be disposed of with other construction materials. Find a Shingle Recycler Asphalt shingles are easily recycled, though they require a special facility for processing. Locate the nearest shingle recycling facility. Do Not Remove Nails Shingle recyclers accept material with nails in it, so do not remove the nails. The recycling operators use a powerful magnet to separate nails from the asphalt. Alternative Ways to Recycle Ask Your Contractor If They Recycle Before hiring a contractor to work on your roof, see if they can recycle the asphalt shingles for you. Did You Know? You’re Driving on Recycled Shingles Recycled asphalt shingles are turned into road material for public roads, private driveways and parking lots.