Armstrong names Kroger corporate Recycler of the Year

Supermarket chain reclaimed vinyl composition tile flooring from several stores in 2013.

June 18, 2014
CDR Staff

Armstrong World Industries has named the supermarket chain The Kroger Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, as its 2013 Flooring Recycler of the Year. The award recognizes organizations that made significant environmental contributions by recycling vinyl composition tile (VCT) flooring materials during demolition projects, resulting in reductions in landfill materials and transportation and energy use, according to the company.

The Armstrong Recycler of the Year Award was presented to Kroger during a recent ceremony at its corporate facility in Cincinnati.

Kroger began recycling VCT tile flooring, removed during renovation of its grocery stores, nationwide in 2013 through the Armstrong Reclamation Program for VCT. To date, the company has reclaimed more 1 million pounds of VCT material. Since 2007, Armstrong has successfully reclaimed and recycled more than 10 million pounds of post-consumer VCT worldwide, representing 5,000 tons of diverted landfill material.

”Kroger is committed to achieving ‘Zero Waste’ facilities and we are continually exploring new ways to achieve this,” says Suzanne Lindsay-Walker, director of sustainability at Kroger. “Our facility engineering teams across our family of stores were instrumental in working with Armstrong to implement the VCT recycling program.”

Armstrong says its Reclamation Program for VCT is the first program of its kind to reclaim its own and qualifying competitive VCT flooring products from demolition and renovation projects. Under the program, VCT flooring is recycled in a closed-loop, post-consumer stream with reclaimed material incorporated into new flooring products. Armstrong has regional recycling facilities in California, Illinois, and Mississippi.

More information about Armstrong’s VCT Recycling Program is available here.