Armstrong Commercial Flooring's Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT) Flooring Recycling Program is the first program of its kind to recycle all Armstrong VCT flooring products as well as competitor VCT products.
Recycling is part of the Armstrong cradle-to-cradle process designed to reduce environmental impact; less waste goes into landfills, there is less use of natural resources, less energy consumption and less greenhouse gas emissions. Since 2009, Armstrong has been piloting its VCT Recycling Program with national retailers and the company has successfully recycled over one million pounds of recycled post-consumer VCT material back into new VCT product.
This program creates value for customers in two ways: by allowing them to recycle their old VCT flooring and by allowing for the creation of new high recycled content VCT flooring products. Building owners, including church building owners or outside building project team members, can quickly and easily ship old VCT flooring from renovation projects to an Armstrong flooring plant as an alternative to landfill disposal. Under the program, Armstrong provides containers for collecting the material and pays freight costs for shipping the old VCT flooring, which it uses as raw materials in the manufacture of new, high-performance flooring products.
According to Amy Costello, Armstrong's sustainability manager for Commercial Flooring, the company has a long history of diverting post-industrial and post-consumer waste from landfills by using waste from other industries to manufacture its flooring; founder Thomas Armstrong began using waste from his bottle cork manufacturing facility to manufacture linoleum in 1909, for example.
To learn the simple steps involved in the program, building owners can verify with Armstrong that their old VCT can be recycled by calling (877) 276-7876, selecting option 2, then 7. The old VCT does not need to be an Armstrong product to qualify for the program. Find out more specifics on the company's recycling program by visiting www.armstrong.com/commflooringna/vct-recycling-program.html.