Recycling Program Reclaims 20 Million Square Feet of Tiles
ARMSTRONG CEILING RECYCLING PROGRAM RECLAIMS 20,000,000 SQUARE
Over 7,000 Tons of Discarded Ceiling Tiles Have Been Diverted From
CHICAGO, June 14 --Armstrong Ceilings today announced that its Ceiling Recycling Program has already diverted more than twenty million square feet of old acoustical ceiling tiles from landfills since the inception of the program five years ago.
The program, which is still the only one of its kind, enables building owners to 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 shipping the old ceilings, which it uses as raw materials in the manufacture on new ceilings.
Since it introduced the program at NeoCon in June, 1999, Armstrong has recycled 20,140,000 square feet of discarded ceiling tiles, or enough tiles to completely cover 416 football fields. This total also represents 14,096,000 pounds, or nearly 7,100 tons, of construction waste that would have normally been dumped in landfills.
Adding to the total this year will be the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is recycling approximately 600,000 square feet of old ceilings as part of a major renovation project, and the School District of Philadelphia, which is recycling approximately 1,250,000 square feet as part of a five-year modernization program.
Company Has Environmental Heritage
According to Joann Davis Brayman, Vice President of Marketing for Commercial Ceilings, Armstrong 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 recycling program takes this environmental heritage a step further.
"The 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," she says. "We’ve 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."
Program Involves Four Steps
The program involves four steps. First, provisions for ceiling recycling should be included in the project specifications. Second, building owners need to verify with Armstrong that their old ceiling tiles can be recycled. The old tiles do not need to be Armstrong products to qualify for the program.
Following verification, owners must stack their old ceiling tiles on pallets and wrap them for pick-up. More information on packaging procedures is available from Armstrong.
Once there is a full trailer load of old ceilings, the owner simply needs to contact Armstrong, which will then arrange for a truck to pick up the material and transfer it to its nearest manufacturing facility. Armstrong will pay the freight for shipment to the plant.
The process for recycling old ceilings, which contributes to LEED Construction Waste credits, has proven to be nearly as fast as dumping them, so the program has little, if any, adverse impact on demolition schedules. It can also be less costly than the cost of local handling, transport, container and landfill fees.
Ceilings Contain Recycled Materials
All Armstrong ceilings contain recycled materials, and many consist of more than two-thirds recycled content. Armstrong also uses post industrial waste products from other industries to manufacture its new ceilings.
To obtain additional information on the Ceiling Recycling Program, call 1-877-ARMSTRONG (1-877-276-7876) or visit armstrong.com/environmental.
Armstrong World Industries, Inc., a subsidiary of Armstrong Holdings, Inc., is a global leader in the design and manufacture of floors, ceilings and cabinets. In 2003, net sales totaled more than $3.0 billion. Founded in 1860 and based in Lancaster, PA, Armstrong has 50 plants in 15 countries and nearly 16,500 employees worldwide.
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