Armstrong World Industries named The Kroger Co. as its 2014 Flooring Recycler of the Year.
This is the second year in a row that Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, has been awarded Armstrong’s Recycler of the Year Award. Kroger’s commitment to zero net waste extends to all of its stores, a portfolio which includes Fred Meyer, Dillons, Ralphs, QFC, Fry’s, Food 4 Less, King Soopers and Smiths.
The Armstrong award recognizes organizations that made significant environmental contributions by recycling resilient 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 U.S. This year, Kroger is receiving our award, because it recycled over 1.6 million pounds of material,” said Amy Costello, sustainability manager, Armstrong Flooring.
Kroger began recycling VCT, removed during renovation of its grocery stores, nationwide in 2013 through the Armstrong Floor Recycling Program.
According to the company, the Armstrong Floor Recycling Program is the first program of its kind to reclaim Armstrong VCT and qualifying competitive VCT products from demolition and renovation projects. Under the program, VCT 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.
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