NOTICE 4/5/2024 @ 7:30am: North Kent Waste & Recycling Center is in the final stretch of its expansion construction. Our recycling drop-off stations at this site have been temporarily moved — click here for the details. Stay tuned here on our website or our social media for updates!

How can Kent County Department of Public Works help?

Explore the waste stream options below for how you can reuse, recycle, compost, or dispose of the item you are trying to get rid of through a KCDPW facility or service.

Donate or Reuse
Special Collection Recycling
Proper Disposal

If your ceiling tiles are still in great shape and you just don’t have a use for them anymore, consider donating or repurposing them! Facebook Marketplace, Freecycle, Craigslist, or your local BuyNothing Project group are all great places to give away items.

Check out some of the Community Disposal Outlets below for any places that accept this material for reuse or recycling.

Ceiling tiles are NOT compostable.

Ceiling tiles SHOULD NEVER go in your curbside recycling cart or in our recycling drop-off stations. They are made of multiple materials or mixed materials which are unable to be processed and sorted at the recycling center.

Due to their brittle nature, ceiling tiles can crumble and clog sorting machines or the little crumbles of ceiling tiles can cause contamination, especially in our glass.

The metal framing (cross tees, main beams, etc.) from drop-ceilings can be recycled through any scrap metal recycler. See our Related Materials section below for more information.

Check out some of the Community Disposal Outlets below for any places that accept these items for reuse or recycling.

Ceiling tiles are not considered hazardous waste.

Keeping ceiling tiles out of the landfill, when possible, and in reuse or at least into recycling ensures we give those valuable resources a second chance at life and use!

However, if you cannot recycle or repurpose this type of material, this type of waste is accepted in your trash or can be landfilled at Kent County Department of Public Work’s two residential trash drop-offs for a fee:

The links above can provide the location address and hours of service.

Community Resources

Below you will find businesses and community outlets that may accept this item/material.

Armstrong Recycling Program

Offers an Armstrong Recycling Program: “On & On” for ceiling, wall, and flooring materials. Accepts large quantities of mineral fiber ceilings tiles, fiberglass panels (accepted on a case-by-case basis), vinyl or scrim-faced mineral fiber panels (accepted on a case-by-case basis), vinyl flooring, both LVT and VCT flooring tiles, and bio-flooring.

Click here for the ceiling recycling program details.

Click here for the flooring recycling program details.

Related Materials