Shingle scammers could scar Okla. skies

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OKLAHOMA CITY– Summer is finally here, which means many people may be investing in a new roof.

However, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is encouraging everyone to be aware of companies claiming to be “shingle recyclers.”

Currently, officials with the DEQ say there are no permitted shingle recycling facilities in the state.

When old shingles are replaced, they are supposed to be taken to a permitted landfill or recycler.

Some people dump the shingles in creeks and low-lying areas, which could make them susceptible to fires.

Once they catch fire, those shingles release toxins into the air and water.

In the event of illegal shingle dumping, both the suspect and landowner will be required to clean up the mess.

To report an illegal shingle dump, call the DEQ hotline at (800) 522-0206.