Waste Management, Armstrong Expand Ceiling Tile Recycling Program

Waste Management, Armstrong Expand Ceiling Tile Recycling Program

WMI will collect ceiling tiles from renovation and demolition projects for re-use in the manufacture of new tiles.

June 5, 2012
CDR Staff

Armstrong World Industries, Lancaster, Pa., the largest manufacturer of acoustical ceiling systems in the United States, has signed an agreement with Waste Management Inc. (WMI), Houston, to expand the two companies’ ceiling tile recycling program.

With the addition of more than 50 WMI material recovery facilities (MRFs), and collection contracts with many larger construction companies, the new initiative is expected to significantly expand Armstrong’s existing Ceiling Recycling Program.

As an Armstrong Certified Construction & Demolition (C&D) Processor, WMI will collect mineral fiber and fiberglass ceiling tiles that have been removed from commercial renovation and demolition projects. It will store and prepare the tiles for shipment to the nearest Armstrong ceilings plant, where they will be used to manufacture new ceiling tiles.

Since the program began in 1999, Armstrong estimates that it has recycled more than 123 million square feet of ceiling tiles, representing more than 16,000 roll-off containers of discarded construction materials.

“As leaders in the ceiling industry, we continue to develop sustainable, innovative breakthroughs in both products and programs that provide valuable closed loop solutions to our customers,” says Anita Snader, environmental sustainability manager for Armstrong.

“A key goal of our program is to provide easy access to ceiling recycling where and when a customer needs it. Our collaboration with Waste Management will enhance this offering allowing much more material to be recycled,” Snader adds.

“This is a great resource for recyclable materials, says Jim Halter, vice president of Construction Solutions for Waste Management. “The program expands the ways we’re supporting our goal of finding more value in materials we collect, as well as developing a sustainable network with a major product manufacturer in the industry.

“Our goal is to capture as much value from the waste stream as we can,” Halter adds. “As a leader in environmental solutions, we are out to help contractors, developers, and architects achieve their green goals, whether that’s through consultation, materials diversion, or innovative programs like our alliance with Armstrong.”

For more information on Armstrong World Industries, look for a feature in the upcoming July/August issue of Construction & Demolition Recycling.