Armstrong World Industries has named Conn Acoustics Inc. of Newington, Conn., as its 2010 “Ceiling Recycler of the Year.” During 2010, the acoustical contracting firm recycled over 1.3 million square feet of ceiling tiles rather than sending them to a landfill.

The Armstrong award recognizes companies and organizations that make significant environmental contributions through their recycling initiatives. Other recipients recognized for their outstanding recycling achievements have included General Motors, Nike, Pfizer, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and the National Security Agency.

Conn Acoustics began recycling ceiling tiles in 2005 as part of the Armstrong Ceiling Recycling Program. The program enables commercial building owners to ship ceilings from renovation projects to an Armstrong ceiling plant as an alternative to landfill disposal. Armstrong re-uses the recycled ceiling tiles in the manufacture of new tiles.

Since it began the program in 1999, Armstrong has recycled more than 100 million square feet of discarded ceiling tiles. This represents more than 14,000 dumpsters full of construction waste that would have normally been taken to landfills.