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Ceiling tile recycling expanded

Thousands of tons of old ceiling tiles will soon be diverted from local landfills thanks to a new agreement between Armstrong World Industries and Waste Management.

With the addition of more than 50 Waste Management material recovery facilities, and collection contracts with many of the nation’s top construction companies, the new initiative is expected to significantly expand Armstrong’s existing Ceiling Recycling Program.

The Armstrong Ceiling Recycling Program is the longest running program of its kind and enables commercial building owners to send ceilings from construction sites to an Armstrong ceiling plant as an alternative to landfill disposal.

As an Armstrong Certified Construction & Demolition Processor, Waste Management will collect mineral fiber and fiberglass ceiling tiles that have been removed from commercial renovation and demolition projects. It will then store and prepare the tiles for shipment to the nearest Armstrong ceilings plant, where they will be used in the manufacture of new ceiling tiles. Armstrong designates new tiles made with high levels of recycled ceilings as Ceiling-2-Ceiling™ tiles.

Since the program began in 1999, Armstrong has recycled over 123 million sq.ft. of old ceiling tiles. This represents more than 16,000 roll-off containers of discarded materials that would have otherwise been taken to landfills.