Armstrong expands floor recycling program

Company’s recycling program now can handle its Luxury Vinyl Tile product.

April 9, 2015
CDR Staff

Armstrong Commercial Flooring, headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has expanded its recycling program to include its Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT). The company says the expansion builds on its recycling program for Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT), which has recovered more than 6 million pounds of postconsumer VCT since 2012.

The company says its Armstrong LVT product and qualifying competitors’ LVT products will be recycled into new flooring products at the company’s Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Lancaster manufacturing facilities. 

“Our products are designed with recyclability in mind,” says Amy Costello, sustainability manager for Armstrong Commercial Flooring. “Our closed-loop recycling program provides an end-of-life alternative, helping to conserve and protect natural resources while reducing the environmental footprint of our products.”

“The Armstrong Floor Recycling Program reduces waste and conserves natural resources by taking back a product that is typically sent to landfill,” says Wes Sullens, green building policy and advocacy manager at StopWaste, a public agency dedicated to reducing the waste stream for Alameda County, California, by working with residents, businesses, schools and other organizations on innovative waste prevention and reduction programs.

“By streamlining the recovery process and moving towards a closed-loop system, Armstrong is taking an industry leadership position that is crucial to changing standard practices,” Sullens continues.

“We continue to build on our recycling efforts,” Costello adds. “By taking responsibility for our products at the end of life, we are able to conserve valuable natural resources and manufacture products with lower environmental footprints. It is a win-win for everyone.”

To learn more about Armstrong’s floor recycling program, click here.