Armstrong World Industries Names 2013 Ceiling Recycler of the Year

Armstrong World Industries has named CarpetCycle LLC of Newark, N.J., as its 2013 Ceiling Recycler of the Year.

During 2013, CarpetCycle recycled more than 1.5 million square feet of ceiling tiles from 50 different renovation projects instead of sending them to landfills.

The Armstrong award recognizes companies and organizations that make significant environmental contributions through their recycling initiatives. This is the third year in a row that the award has been presented to CarpetCycle.

Other companies recognized by Armstrong for their 2013 ceiling recycling efforts include:

    Top Corporate Recycler — Hartz Mountain Industries, Secaucus, N.J., 626,000 square feet
    Top Recycling Distributor — GTS Interior Supply, Portland, Ore., 276,000 square feet
    Top Recycling Contractor — Southeastern Interiors, Erwin, N.C., 188,000 square feet
    Largest Recycling Project — Geppert Brothers Inc., Colmar, Pa., 407,000 square feet

CarpetCycle began recycling ceilings in 2005 as part of the Armstrong Ceiling Recycling Program. The program enables building owners to ship ceilings from demolition and renovation projects to the nearest Armstrong ceiling plant as an alternative to landfill disposal. The discarded ceiling tiles are then used to manufacture new ceilings through a closed loop process. Ceiling recycling also contributes to the LEED Materials and Resources credit for Construction Waste Management.

Since it began the program in 1999, Armstrong has recycled over 159 million square feet of discarded ceiling tiles. This represents more than 79,500 tons of construction waste that has been diverted from landfills.

Founded in 1999, CarpetCycle is involved in the removal, collection, tear-out, and recycling of carpet, carpet padding, ceiling tiles, and other construction waste from commercial buildings undergoing renovation.

CarpetCycle is an Armstrong Certified Construction and Demolition Processor, which means it can collect used ceilings directly from job sites for recycling. CarpetCycle can also receive ceilings in bulk deliveries from pre-qualified renovation projects.

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