Armstrong Ceiling Solutions has named Cactus Recycling, Inc., of San Diego, Calif., an Armstrong Certified Construction & Demolition (C&D) Processor.

As an Armstrong C&D Processor, Cactus Recycling will collect used ceiling panels that have been removed from commercial construction, renovation and demolition sites throughout the San Diego area. The company will then process the ceilings and prepare them for shipment to an Armstrong plant where they will be used in the manufacture of new ceilings in a closed-loop process. Armstrong designates new panels made with high levels of recycled ceilings as Ceiling-2-Ceiling panels.

Alternative to Landfill Disposal
As a Certified C&D Processor, Cactus Recycling in now an integral part of the Armstrong Ceiling Recycling Program. The program, which is the first and longest-running program of its kind, enables commercial building owners and contractors to send using ceilings from renovation and demolition projects to the nearest Armstrong ceiling plant as an alternative to landfill disposal.

Established in 1991, Cactus Recycling, Inc. provides customized recycling solutions and support to demolition and renovation projects throughout Southern California.

“Cactus Recycling has been committed to providing innovative and creative recycling solutions to increase diversion of materials from the landfill,” says Ed Fitch, president, Cactus Recycling. “Our recycling partnerships have diverted millions of pounds of solid, non-hazardous materials, including many plastics and other difficult-to-recycle items. Our award-winning programs have been recognized locally and internationally for their ability to sustain corporate and government-issued goals for waste reduction. This new affiliation with the Armstrong Ceiling Recycling Program provides us with a powerful way to increase the materials our customers can recycle, which reduces landfill waste, conserves resources for the future, and creates value for our customers.”

Since it began the program in 1999, Armstrong has recycled more than 195 million square feet of used ceiling panels globally, preventing more than 97,500 tons of construction waste from being deposited in landfills throughout the world. Ceiling recycling can also help building owners and contractors save money on container costs and landfill fees and can contribute to the new LEED v4 credits for the Construction Waste Management (CWM) prerequisite for a CWM plan and toward the CWM credit for diverting up to four different material streams on a project.

For more information on Cactus Recycling, visit www.cactus