Armstrong names Kroger its floor recycler of the year

Grocery chain helped recycle more than 1.6 million pounds of flooring in 2014.

August 4, 2015
CDR Staff
Commodities Green Building

Armstrong World Industries, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has named Cincinnati-based grocery retailer The Kroger Co. as its 2014 Flooring Recycler of the Year.

This is the second year in a row that Kroger has been awarded Armstrong’s Recycler of the Year Award. Armstrong says Kroger’s commitment to zero net waste extends to all of its stores, a portfolio that includes Kroger, Fred Meyer, Dillons, Ralphs, QFC, Fry’s, Food 4 Less, King Soopers and Smiths.

The Armstrong award recognizes organizations deemed by the company to have made significant environmental contributions by recycling flooring materials during demolition projects, resulting in a reduction in landfill materials, transportation, and energy.

“Kroger’s commitment to environmental sustainability is demonstrated by its efforts to reclaim vinyl composition tile (VCT) from multiple stores throughout the United States,” says said Amy Costello, sustainability manager for Armstrong Flooring. “This year, Kroger is receiving our award because they recycled over 1.6 million pounds (800 tons) of material,”

Kroger began recycling VCT flooring, removed during renovation of their grocery stores, nationwide in 2013 through the Armstrong® Floor Recycling Program. That program is billed by Armstrong as the first of its kind to reclaim Armstrong VCT and qualifying competitive VCT flooring products from demolition and renovation projects.

Through 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 and Illinois.

Kroger employs more than 375,000 people at more than 2,600 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia.