Independent Recycling Services Added to Armstrong Roster

Chicago company will collect discarded ceiling tiles for Armstrong recycling efforts.

May 4, 2011
CDR Staff

Armstrong World Industries, a Lancaster, Pa.-based manufacturer of ceiling tiles, has named Independent Recycling Services Inc., (IRSI) Chicago, as one of its Armstrong Certified Construction & Demolition processors.

As a certified processor, IRSI will collect ceiling tiles that have been removed from construction, renovation and demolition sites. The company can then segregate and prepare discarded materials for shipment to the nearest Armstrong ceilings plant, where they will be used in the manufacture of new ceiling tiles. Armstrong designates new tiles made with high percentages of recycled ceilings as Ceiling-2-Ceiling tiles.

Armstrong says that its Armstrong Ceiling Recycling Program, which began in 1999, is the longest running program of its kind in the country. The company says the program allows building owners to send ceilings from renovation projects to the nearest Armstrong ceiling plant instead of sending them to landfills.

Since starting the program, Armstrong has recycled more than 100 million square feet of discarded ceiling tiles, according to the company.

IRSI, founded in 1976, receives, sorts and processes a wide range of non-hazardous materials generated during construction and demolition projects in the greater Chicago and northwestern Indiana areas.