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Armstrong’s VCT Recycling Program Helps Reduce Environmental Impact

LANCASTER, PA Armstrong Commercial Flooring’s vinyl composition tile (VCT) Recycling Program is the first program of its kind to recycle all Armstrong VCT flooring products, as well as competitor VCT products.

Recycling is part of the Armstrong cradle-to-cradle process designed to reduce environmental impact – less waste goes into landfills, and there is less use of natural resources, less energy consumption and less greenhouse gas emissions. Since 2009, Armstrong has been piloting its VCT Recycling Program with national retailers, and the company has successfully recycled over one million pounds of recycled post-consumer VCT material back into new VCT product.

How the Program Works
Building owners can quickly and easily ship old VCT flooring from renovation projects to an Armstrong flooring plant as an alternative to landfill disposal. Under the program, Armstrong provides containers for collecting the material and pays freight costs for shipping the old VCT flooring, which it uses as raw materials in the manufacture of new, high-performance flooring products.

According to Amy Costello, Armstrong’s Sustainability Manager for Commercial Flooring, 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 flooring. Founder Thomas Armstrong began using waste from his cork manufacturing facility to manufacture linoleum in 1909. The VCT recycling program takes this environmental heritage a step further.

“The program is designed to help our customers reduce their impact on the environment by redirecting used VCT flooring from landfills back to Armstrong, thereby creating a closed loop manufacturing process," Costello says. "We have a history of commitment 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."

Armstrong Flooring Made from Recycled Materials
All Armstrong VCT flooring contains recycled materials, and Raffia® and ChromaSpin® specifically contain post-consumer material supplied through the VCT program.

Learn more about the VCT Recycling Program.


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About Armstrong
Armstrong World Industries, Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of floors and ceilings. In 2011, Armstrong's consolidated net sales from continuing operations totaled approximately $2.7 billion. Based in Lancaster, Pa., Armstrong operates 32 plants in eight countries and has approximately 8,500 employees worldwide. For more information, visit www.armstrong.com

News contact: Michele Zelman
mjzelman@armstrong.com
phone: 718-859-6766

 


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