Gypsum celebrates 10 years of drywall recycling
USA Gypsum, one of the only drywall recycling
plants in the Commonwealth, isn’t waiting for the recycling wave
to hit the drywall industry. Terry Weaver, owner of the facility,
isn’t one to wait for things to happen.
In 10 years USA Gypsum has grown from 2 employees to 8 with 2
dedicated subcontractors. The amount of drywall that is recycled
at the plant jumped from 300 tons per year to more than 20,000
tons, saving much needed space in already overloaded landfills.
Weaver has also worked hard to keep the plant and operations
green and on par with other recycling operations.
USA Gypsum is the recipient of the first General Permit in the
Commonwealth. The permit allows the company to continue to operate
as a drywall recycler and to use the recycled material for agricultural
purposes, creating a cooperative effort between agriculture and
“The permit is the first to be given in Pennsylvania and we are
very grateful to the Department of Agriculture (PDA) and the
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for allowing us
this distinction,” said Weaver. “Through our program we have
been able to recycle about 120,000 tons of drywall over the past
five years. Not only has this significant amount of waste been
removed from the landfill waste stream but it has also been repackaged
for beneficial use by agriculture.”
The recycled drywall is sold as a soil amendment and as a fertilizer.
It is also useful as animal bedding.
Dairy cows use an estimated 500,000 tons of bedding in Pennsylvania
“We’re getting a large response to recycling drywall. Because
it can be used in so many other ways, we are also looking at
expanding the plant in the near future,” said Weaver. “The additions
to our plant will also have the same green building certifications
as our original building.