Armstrong World Industries is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the launch of its award-winning ceilings recycling schemes with a series of significant developments that truly place the programme at the forefront in the UK.
Among other initiatives, Armstrong now pledges to recycle non-Armstrong ceiling tiles, enabling contractors to make further substantial savings on waste disposal costs – some £120 on each skip containing 250 square metres of old ceiling tiles.
The Armstrong end-of-life scheme now applies to any quantity of all wet felt, stone wool and glass wool ceiling tiles where they are replaced by Armstrong tiles. Full loads of the old tiles are transported free-of-charge back to Armstrong’s factory in Gateshead, where they are made into new tiles – a service unique to the manufacturer.
Armstrong, whose own ceiling tiles now contain up to 82 per cent recycled content, has developed a green branch of its Omega network of approved sub-contractors, specifically for those installers with recycling expertise.
Armstrong’s recycling schemes have recycled 11.5million square metres globally, and almost 300 tonnes in the UK in 2012 alone, on projects including the Media Centre, Stratford, east London, Pitney Bowes offices, and the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.
A member of the UK Green Building Council, Armstrong is more recently a partner in the Ceilings Sustainability Partnership, a working party of the AIS (Association of Interior Specialists) technical committee, which delivers on the actions within the Mineral Wool Ceiling Tile Resource Efficiency Action Plan (REAP). REAP is intended to assist the sector in reducing the amount of mineral wool ceiling tiles going to landfill as waste from construction projects and the stripout process.
Most recently, Armstrong has partnered with distributor SIG Interiors to offer its customers reclamation of a minimum of 200 square metres of tiles for recycling. Projects already delivered include the headquarters of contractor Kier Construction and the temporary beach volleyball venue at Horse Guards Parade in London.
Armstrong recycling case studies also feature as WRAP exemplars, including Birmingham University Hospital where almost 43 tonnes of off-cut ceiling tiles were diverted from landfill and an estimated 19.5 tonnes of embodied CO2 were offset.