Goodwill Partnership Recycles More Than 400,000 Pounds from CertainTeed Gypsum Manufacturing Facility in Moundsville, W.Va.
(Tampa Fla.) – As part of a recycling partnership between CertainTeed's Moundsville, W.Va., gypsum manufacturing facility and Zanesville Welfare Organization and Goodwill Industries Inc. of Zanesville, Ohio, employees at the plant diverted more than 400,000 pounds of waste from landfills last year. While recycling began shortly after the plant opened in 2008, the relationship with Goodwill began in mid-2011. The partnership with Goodwill was the seed that has steadily grown as part of CertainTeed's broader commitment to continuously improving the sustainability of its products and operations.
Through the program, Goodwill Industries collects, sorts and processes recycled materials received from CertainTeed while providing jobs to help individuals in the community improve their quality of life. In the first quarter of 2013, the program collected more than 145,000 pounds of materials from the Moundsville plant, including plastic, shrink wrap, electronics, batteries, brown paper rolls, semi-bulk bags, wood pallets and corrugated cardboard—putting these necessary byproducts of the plant’s operations to good use.
"Through recycling partnerships like this one, we are able to provide meaningful jobs for people with barriers to employment and help partnering businesses reduce their environmental impact," said Jake Chema, vice president of recycling and manufacturing operations for Zanesville Welfare Organization and Goodwill Industries. "We're thrilled that CertainTeed has chosen to partner with us. It's a testament to the company's commitment to both environmental responsibility and to improving the communities where its employees live and work."
The Zanesville Welfare Organization and Goodwill Industries, Inc. has operated its recycling program since 1914.
"As part of our plant's ongoing environmental programs, our team discovered that there were waste materials that weren't being recycled because they were too large or too inconvenient to transport, and we did not have room to hold a full truckload of recyclable material," said Charles Johnson, Moundsville plant manager. "Goodwill Industries was able to accommodate us at a moment's notice if we need to make room with scheduled and non-scheduled pickups, and it's great knowing we’re contributing to a program that’s helping create jobs in the community."
The recycling program has also inspired the employees at the plant to keep waste reduction and environmental stewardship top-of-mind in every aspect of their jobs.
"Seeing the amount of waste recycled through this partnership also helps us explore new ways to reduce waste," Johnson added. "The recycling bins are a constant visual reminder to continually improve how we do things."
The Moundsville plant manufactures a full range of gypsum drywall, including CertainTeed® Gypsum Board, CertainTeed Type X Gypsum Board and Easi-Lite® Lightweight Gypsum Board. The plant also manufactures M2Tech® Moisture- and Mold-Resistant Gypsum Board, as well as the company’s groundbreaking AirRenew® Indoor Air Quality Gypsum Board products, which safely absorb volatile organic compounds from indoor air.
Offering a broad range of gypsum and finishing products for interior and exterior needs, CertainTeed Gypsum has served the North American building industry for more than 80 years and is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world's leading producer of gypsum products. This, in combination with the full range of affiliated CertainTeed Corporation building products, provides architects, contractors, builders and dealers one partner to provide service and support for commercial and residential building projects. CertainTeed Gypsum operates 21 gypsum board and finishing plants across North America.
About Zanesville Welfare Organization and Goodwill Industries, Inc.
Zanesville Welfare Organization and Goodwill Industries, Inc. is part of the world's largest nonprofit provider of education, training and career services for people with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities, as well as those with welfare dependency, homelessness, and lack of education or work experience. The organization employs a total of 347 associates, with 104 associates having major barriers to employment.
The Goodwill Recycling programs have been operating since 1914. These programs presently provide full-time meaningful jobs for 40 Goodwill Associates. The programs also positively impact the environment by keeping the materials recycled out of landfills. During 2012, Goodwill recycled over 14 million pounds of materials such as corrugate, computers, leather, textiles, plastics, paper, ferrous metals and wood.
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America's leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, gypsum and ceilings.
A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CertainTeed earned the 2011 and 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2012. www.certainteed.com