PULLMAN, Wash. — In the United States, more demolition and construction waste gets sent to the landfill than our everyday solid waste.

According to researchers, the only way drywall gets recycled right now is for it to be turned into fertilizer. Because most of eastern Washington is agricultural land, that drywall ends up here – and even then, only about 10-15 percent of it gets used.Innovators will tell you their goal is to solve problems and fulfill needs.

A team of researchers in Pullman are finding a new solution for that wasted drywall. One, that is more eco-friendly and less wasteful. They created a drywall waste block (DWB). It’s exactly how it sounds – a solid brick made up of old drywall. It looks like any regular cement block you buy at the store.