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Hello,

I'm new to the forum and this is my first post so of course, I'm nervous.

Just this past year we moved to a farm and the previous owner re-roofed the house and dumped the shingles in a pile and now the grass has grown up around the stash. We didn't find it until just recently.

My question is: is it best to uncover it and remove it or should we just leave it because it doesn't matter.

Thank you,
Sandy
 
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Oops! First mistake.

I put this in the wrong place and I don't know how to fix it.
 
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Welcome and good questions!
I would get the shingles off your land if you can, they tend to be petroleum based and may leach crap into the soil.
Perhaps if you PM a Moderator they will move the thread.
 
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What kind of shingles? Any guess how old they were? Is the area out of three way or were you planning some big garden for the spot?

Old asphalt shingles may contain asbestos. It is fine if contained, but dangerous if you start moving them and kicking up dust.

Grass is growing, that is a good sign. Minimal gick.

Mushrooms could break them down and suck up any heavy metals. Then you have a few buckets of toxic mushrooms to dispose of instead of tons of junk.
 
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Thank you! We are going to check out the shingles this weekend.
 
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It may be to your benefit to contact your state environmental protection agency, they might have help for your dilemma with the shingles. Since you didn't put them there, a call might possibly keep them from taking any actions against you should it be against state law/ regulation to bury shingles on land not designated as a land fill.
 
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worms = better sign.

I hate that crap so much. The shingles stuff. They constantly shed weird chemically colored grains of 'sand'. I deal anyway. they definitely break down slow. I've been eating food grown near the rooftop downspout which washes tons of that into a nice little light pocket with no noticeable medium term effects.
 
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Bryant RedHawk wrote:It may be to your benefit to contact your state environmental protection agency, they might have help for your dilemma with the shingles. Since you didn't put them there, a call might possibly keep them from taking any actions against you should it be against state law/ regulation to bury shingles on land not designated as a land fill.



I understand what you are saying, but I would be very careful here. The "department of make you sad" can find all kinds of ways to make things difficult once they show up and start digging around. Unless you have a personal contact in the agency, I would use a lot of caution calling a 1-800 number and reporting this. I am not saying not to contact an agency, just be very sure of what the law says and how it can and has been interpreted regarding the landowner.
 
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I'm a roofer's wife, so I'll ask: Are they Wood Shingles, or Asphalt Shingles? It sounds as if everyone is assuming that they are Asphalt Shingles, which may be the case, but it's important (at least to me) to be clear.
 
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