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Long before environmental stewardship became a mainstream issue, USG has found innovative ways to use water and other resources more efficiently; reduce and reuse waste; and transform manufacturing secondary waste (byproducts) into valuable new resources.
USG has taken several approaches to reduce our use of naturally occurring gypsum and to extend the lifespan of our resources. These include the use of alternative materials, waste reuse and minimization within our facilities, recycling new construction waste back into our products and formulating lighter weight products requiring less material.
Additionally, water use reduction has been a focus for USG for several decades. We have long recognized that using less water is a requirement to increasing our manufacturing efficiencies and reducing the energy needed to dry off excess water. Thus by using less water, our environmental benefits are twofold: 1) less water consumed and 2) less energy consumed (meaning less fuel and fewer related emissions).
To achieve our goals, our near-term priorities include:
We established a manufacturing waste to landfill reduction of 50% by the year 2020. The great news is that as of the end of 2013 at several plants we are exceeding our goals. And several individual plants have already greatly exceeded this goal such as at our Oakville, Canada plant and Cartersville, GA plant.