Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Armstrong Ceilings Recycling Program Recognized With Northeast Recycling Council Sustainability Leadership Award

On October 30, the Northeast Recycling Council recognized the Armstrong Ceilings Recycling Program based in Lancaster with a 2019 Environmental Sustainability Leadership Award.
It was one of three programs and organizations recognized with an award this year.
“This is the third year of NERC’s Environmental Sustainability Leadership Awards and we were once again impressed by the quality of the projects submitted for consideration,” commented Robert Isner of Connecticut, NERC Board Vice President. 
The Armstrong® Ceilings Recycling Program is the first and longest-running recycling program in the ceilings industry. 
Since its inception in 1998, the closed-loop program, which takes back discarded ceiling panels from renovation and demolition projects and upcycles them into new ceiling panels, has diverted more than 200 million square feet of used ceiling materials away from landfills.
By reclaiming the old ceilings and using them to manufacture new ceiling products, the Ceilings Recycling Program has saved over one million tons of virgin raw materials and prevented 100,000 tons of construction waste from being deposited in landfills. 
In the 11-state NERC region, it has diverted more than 40 million square feet of used ceiling materials, saving 220,000 tons of virgin raw materials and preventing 20,000 tons of construction waste disposal.
The reclaimed ceilings are used to make new ceiling panels in a closed-loop manufacturing process. The new panels are designated as Ceiling-2-Ceiling™ items and contain the highest level of post-consumer recycled content in the ceilings industry.  
Christopher Swentner, Recycling Coordinator for the program accepted the award.   Click Here to download a brochure to learn more about participating in the program.
Armstrong World Industries won a 2014 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for a related reclamation program for vinyl composition tile flooring.
The Northeast Recycling Council is a nonprofit organization that conducts research, projects, training, and outreach on issues associated with source reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, and environmentally preferable purchasing.
Questions about the award should be directed to Lynn Rubinstein by sending email to: or calling 802-254-3636.
[Posted: October 30, 2019]

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