May 29, 2012
Waste Management Inc. is partnering with Armstrong World Industries to expand ceiling tile recycling.
Houston-based Waste Management said in a news release that it will collect mineral fiber and fiberglass ceiling tiles from commercial renovation and demolition projects. The waste and recycling company will store and prepare the tiles for shipment to the nearest Armstrong ceilings plant, where they will be used to make new ceiling tiles.
The venture will expand the Armstrong Ceiling Recycling Program, which has recycled more than 123 million square feet of ceiling tiles since the Lancaster, Pa.-based company started the program in 1999. Armstrong labels tiles made with a high recycled content as Ceiling-2-Ceiling tiles.
Waste Management said its partnership with Armstrong adds more than 50 material recovery facilities (MRFs) to the Armstrong program, along with collection contracts with many of the United States’ top construction companies. Waste Management is an Armstrong certified construction and demolition (C&D) processor.
The company said recycling a ton of ceiling tiles saves 11 tons of raw materials, 1,892 gallons of potable water and enough electricity to power a home for 1.4 months.