Armstrong Recycles 10,000,000th Square Foot of Discarded Ceiling Tile
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Steve Senkowski, ABP president & CEO, presented an Environmental Recognition Award to General Motors on November 12, after GM shipped 57,143 square feet of used ceiling tiles from an office renovation project at the GM Tower in Dearborn, Mich., to our plant in Beaver Falls, Pa., for recycling.
The shipment took Armstrong past a significant milestone, because it represented the ten millionth square foot of ceiling tiles we have recycled since launching the Ceiling Recycling Program in 1999.
Ten million square feet of used ceiling tiles is enough tiles to cover 208 football fields, weighs 7,048,000 pounds (more than 3,500 tons) and, had it not been recycled, would have ended up buried along with other construction waste in our nation's landfills.
Our first-of-its-kind program enables building owners to ship old ceilings from renovation projects to an Armstrong ceiling plant as an alternative to landfill disposal. Under the program, we also pay freight costs for shipping the old ceilings, which we use as raw materials in the manufacture of new ceilings.
According to Senkowski, “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.”
Jimmy DeBoo, General Motors Senior Environmental Engineer for the Worldwide Facility Group, Environmental Services, said that his company has been participating in the program ever since its inception.
“By recycling our old ceiling tiles in this way, we have the opportunity to support General Motors environmental goals and principles, and that is to be proactive in our efforts to protect the environment.”
The program involves three steps. First, 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 detailed information on packaging procedures is available from Armstrong.
Once a full trailer load of old ceilings is ready for shipment, the customer simply contacts us. We then arrange to pick up the material anywhere in the continental United States and transfer it to our nearest manufacturing facility.
The process for recycling old ceilings 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, dumpster and landfill fees.
All Armstrong ceilings contain recycled materials, and many consist of more than two-thirds recycled content. While a portion of the content is old scrap ceiling material, we also uses waste products from other industries to manufacture our 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.”
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