Airshow contractors embrace Armstrong’s recycling lead

Armstrong Ceiling Solutions has recycled more than 10,000m2 of mineral tiles from this year’s Farnborough International Airshow, the sixth time the manufacturer has provided the recycling service at the bi-annual event.

Further evidence of the manufacturer’s ‘peerless green philosophy’, its recycling programme has reportedly diverted more than 15,000,000m2 of used ceiling tiles from landfill globally, since its launch in 1999.

At Farnborough International Airshow, the ceilings are recycled from more than 200 temporary corporate hospitality and business chalets and exhibition halls. To date, Armstrong has recycled more than 60,000m² of mineral fibre ceiling tiles from the show site to its UK manufacturing site in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.

As a testament to the growing importance and emphasis sustainability has on the industry, this year saw a marked increase on the number of airshow contractors actively returning the ceiling tiles for recycling themselves.

The service saves contractors (whom Armstrong does not charge for the service) costs in landfill and skip hire tax. It also saves tonnes of virgin raw material, kWh of energy, CO2 equivalent greenhouse gasses, and litres of potable water.

Head of airshow operations, Ben Gleeson, said: “We are proud to mark the fact that not only do we host and produce a world-class airshow but also that we champion the environment through the recycling service that Armstrong has introduced to us.”

The tiles for recycling (Dune, Fine Fissured, Cortega and Mezzanine DL100 to name a few) were collected in bags and stored in the exhibition hall then returned on trucks to Armstrong’s production facility in Gateshead for recycling back into the mix with the help of the Southampton branch of specialist distributor SIG Interiors.

The corporate hospitality and business chalets, which are used by such prestigious exhibitors as Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Rolls Royce, typically take five weeks to build and fit out and one week to dismantle.

Protecting the planet is synonymous with good business for Armstrong which is why their full acoustical ceiling tile recycling service is offered to all projects during the demolition, construction and renovation stages, not just the Farnborough International Airshow.

Since its launch in the UK the programme has evolved to include all mineral tiles, no minimum quantities, a growing network of “Green Omega” installers and partnerships with national distributors to further support customers’ local recycling requirements.