PORTLAND, Ore. — Jan. 22, 2019 — Urban Gypsum, headquartered in Portland, Ore., has announced the grand opening of a new Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) aimed at recovery, recycling and reuse of drywall. The 75,000 sq. ft. facility offers a lower-cost alternative to traditional landfills for drywall disposal. This new, modernized facility separates the paper backing from the reusable gypsum material and creates a fine powder using state-of-the-art proprietary technology.
With the opening of Urban Gypsum, millions of tons of gypsum will be diverted from Oregon landfills and processed to nearly 100% pure, which can then be used as an agricultural soil amendment and plant nutrient. As a soil amendment, gypsum has traditionally been cost prohibitive in Oregon and Washington owing to mine proximity. With the opening of Urban Gypsum, it will now be widely available across the Pacific Northwest.
Gypsum, which is 200 times more soluble than lime, provides essential calcium and sulfur plant nutrients. It further improves soil structure by helping to loosen clay soils allowing air and water to penetrate the soil, and supports plant growth in numerous other ways.
“We’re excited to be bringing specialized recycling technology to the Pacific Northwest,” said Urban Gypsum President, Casey Lane. “Our organization has been in the construction industry for more than 40 years. Over that time, we’ve seen an excessive amount of gypsum going to landfills and believed it was time to invest in an environmentally beneficial solution. Our high-quality gypsum will go a long ways towards supporting farmers and the agricultural industry.”
Urban Gypsum is a partner with Willamette Construction Services, Inc. (WCSI), which offers commercial construction services.
To learn more about Urban Gypsum, find them online at www.urbangypsum.com or contact Scott Freeman at (971) 940-6744.