Commercial Ceilings Recycling Program Marks 20 Years

Since 1999, more than 200 million square feet of used commercial ceilings panels have been recycled through the Armstrong Ceilings Recycling Program.

The Armstrong® Ceilings Recycling Program has marked 20 years of diverting used ceiling panels away from landfills. Introduced in 1999 by Armstrong World Industries, the recycling initiative is the first and longest-running program of its kind in the commercial ceilings industry.

Through the Armstrong Ceilings Recycling Program, more than 200 million square feet of used ceiling panels have been recycled, saving more than one million tons of virgin raw materials and preventing more than 100,000 tons of construction waste from being deposited in landfills.

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The Armstrong Ceilings Recycling Program offers building owners, facility managers, and contractors an alternative to landfill disposal by taking back discarded ceiling panels from renovation and demolition projects and upcycling these into new ceiling panels in a closed-loop manufacturing process. New panels made with these materials are identified as Ceiling-2-Ceiling™ panels and contain a high level of post-consumer recycled content.

Throughout its 20-year history, the Recycling Program has helped companies divert used ceiling panels away from landfills, helping meet waste diversion goals while saving money on container costs and landfill fees.

Recycling commercial ceilings can help building owners, facility managers, and contractors save money on container costs and landfill fees and can contribute to LEED v4 credits for Construction Waste Management. (Selection of Ceiling-2-Ceiling panels, with high levels of recycled content, can also contribute to LEED v4 Materials and Resources credits.)

The Armstrong Recycling Savings Calculator helps businesses compare costs of recycling versus landfilling, and the Armstrong Environmental Impact Calculator measures the environmental savings that can result from ceiling recycling.

For more information about the Armstrong Ceilings Recycling Program and the three-step process involved in registering a renovation project for recycling, visit


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