January 2005

Armstrong recycles 20,000,000th square foot of scrap ceiling tiles

Lancaster, PA— Armstrong World Industries announced that its Ceiling Recycling Program has now diverted more than twenty-million-square-feet of old acoustical ceiling tiles from landfills.

With a plant in St. Helens, Oregon, Armstrong is the country’s largest producer of ceiling tiles. Since it introduced the recycling program in 1999, the company has reclaimed 20,088,000-square-feet of discarded ceiling tiles, or enough tiles to cover 349 football fields. This total also represents nearly 7,100 tons of construction waste that would have been dumped in landfills.

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, the company even pays freight costs for shipping the old ceilings, which it uses as raw materials in the manufacture of new ceilings. The old tiles do not have to be Armstrong products to qualify for the program.

“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,” explains Joann Davis Brayman, vice president of marketing.

In conjunction with the announcement, Armstrong presented a special environmental award to Nike, Inc. and the architectural firm of Thompson Vaivoda & Associates of Portland, Oregon in recognition of Nike’s ceiling recycling efforts. The company recently recycled over 100,000-square-feet of old ceiling tiles at its Beaverton, Oregon headquarters.

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