Program Enables Schools to Recycle Old Ceiling Tiles Rather than Dump them. . .at Virtually No Cost

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As Part of Program, Armstrong Pays for Shipment to Plant;
Company Uses Old Ceilings in Manufacture of New Ones

A new program for recycling old ceilings makes it easy and affordable for schools and colleges to follow green building practices and even become models for safeguarding the environment -- all at virtually no cost.

Armstrong World Industries, the world's largest producer of acoustical ceilings, has streamlined its Ceiling Recycling Program, the first of its kind to offer recycling as an earth-friendly means of disposing of old commercial ceilings.

The Armstrong Ceiling Recycling Program enables schools and colleges to quickly and easily ship old ceilings from renovation projects to an Armstrong ceiling plant as an alternative to harmful landfill disposal. Under the program, Armstrong even pays freight costs for shipping the old ceilings, which it uses as raw materials in the manufacture of new, high-performance acoustical ceilings.

The program involves three simple steps. First, schools need to verify with Armstrong that their old ceiling tiles can be recycled. Neither the old nor the new replacement ceilings need to be Armstrong products to qualify for the program.

Following verification, schools must stack their old ceiling tiles on pallets and wrap them for pick-up. More detailed information on packaging procedures is available from Armstrong.

Once the school has a full trailer load of old ceilings, it simply needs to contact Armstrong. The company will then work with the school to arrange for a truck to pick up the material anywhere in the continental United States and transfer it to its nearest manufacturing facility. Armstrong will pay the freight for shipment to the plant.

In a recent time analysis, the process for recycling old ceilings proved to be nearly as fast as dumping them, so the program should have little, if any, adverse impact on larger demolition schedules. It can also be less expensive than the cost of local handling, transport, dumpster fees and landfill fees.

A number of environmentally sensitive corporations -- such as Microsoft, General Motors and others--have already benefited from the Ceiling Recycling Program in their attempts to cut back on landfill disposal of building materials.

The program is a natural extension of Armstrong's larger, core commitment to environmentally sound business practices. All Armstrong ceilings, for example, contain recycled materials, and many consist of more than two-thirds recycled content.

While a portion of this content is old scrap ceiling material, Armstrong also uses waste products from other industries to manufacture its new ceilings. Most of that waste is in the form of old newspapers and other newsprint, and a by-product of steel production called "mineral wool."

In addition to its recycling efforts, Armstrong manufactures its ceilings in ways the Federal government recognizes as having minimal environmental impact. Its ceilings have long been an industry leader in durability and long-term sustainability, thereby minimizing the need for frequent replacement and disposal. These environmental initiatives and others were recognized when Armstrong won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. It is the only building products organization ever to do so.

To obtain additional information on the Ceiling Recycling Program or to obtain a copy of Armstrong's new "School Zone Ceiling Systems" brochure, call 1-877-ARMSTRONG (1-877-276-7876) or visit on the Internet.


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