Armstrong's Ceiling Recycling Program is Honored for Environmental Excellence
Program That Enables Building Owners to Recycle Old Ceiling
Armstrong World Industries has received a 2000 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence from the state of Pennsylvania for its Ceiling Recycling Program, a first-of-it-kind program that offers recycling as an earth-friendly alternative to the disposal of old commercial ceiling tiles.
Established in 1996, the award honors Pennsylvania's leaders in innovative green technologies, environmental management and resource protection. Nominees are evaluated by an independent panel of judges who select winners based on a variety of criteria, including economic, environmental and social impact; innovation, transferability and educational efforts.
Headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Armstrong is the world's leading producer of acoustical ceilings. Its Ceiling Recycling Program enables building owners to quickly and easily ship old ceilings from renovation projects to an Armstrong ceiling plant as an alternative to landfill disposal. Under the program, Armstrong even pays freight costs for the shipping the old ceilings, which it uses as raw materials in the manufacture on new, high-performance acoustical ceilings.
Mike Fischer, Armstrong's Vice President of Marketing for commercial ceilings, notes that the company has a long history of diverting post-industrial and post-consumer waste from landfills by using waste from other industries to manufacture its ceilings. The Ceiling Recycling Program takes this environmental heritage a step further.
"The Ceiling Recycling Program is designed to help our customers reduce their impact on the environment by redirecting used ceiling tiles from landfills back to Armstrong, thereby creating a closed loop manufacturing process," he says. "We have made a pledge to manufacture our products in an environmentally responsible fashion. Through the recycling program, we honor that commitment by offering a valuable end to what typically would have been thrown away."
Fischer estimates that the company diverted about 3,000,000 square feet, or approximately 2,000,000 pounds, of used ceiling tiles from landfills in the year 2000. He expects the volume of recycled ceiling material to at least double in 2001.
Armstrong World Industries, Inc. is a global leader in the design, innovation and manufacture of interior finishes, most notably ceilings and floors. Its commercial products include acoustical ceilings, ceiling suspension systems, and linoleum, wood and vinyl floor coverings. Through its Architectural Specialties Group, Armstrong also provides collaborative custom ceiling capabilities, including wood, metal and fully integrated ceiling solutions for areas such as corridors and ceiling perimeters. In 1999, company sales totaled more than $3.4 billion.
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