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Armstrong Ceiling Recycling Program receives award

The California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) has awarded its 2012 Infinity Arrow Award for Service and Take-Back to Armstrong World Industries and its Ceiling Recycling Program.

The award was presented at the 36th Annual Conference of the California Resource Recovery Association held recently in Oakland, California.

The California Product Stewardship Council recognizes businesses that are based in or operate in California for outstanding leadership, innovation and partnerships in product stewardship and green design. Armstrong has a plant located in South Gate, California.

The CPSC-award-winning 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.

The process is a closed loop in which mineral fiber and fiberglass ceiling tiles that have been removed from renovation and demolition projects are sent to the nearest Armstrong ceilings plant, where they are 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 square feet of old ceiling tiles. This represents more than 16,000 roll-off containers of discarded construction materials that would have otherwise been taken to landfills.