The massive accumulation of red gypsum has brought great harm to human and environment. In order to achieve low-cost and high-benefit resource utilization of red gypsum, a method of metal self-enrichment during the cycle and transformation of red gypsum was proposed. The carbon dioxide and ammonia water react with red gypsum to manufacture ammonium sulfate and solid phase products. And solid phase products neutralize pickling wastewater to produce metal-enriched red gypsum for the next cycle. After the cycle, solid phase product with one circulation (containing 39.45% Fe and 7.37% Ca) and two circulation (containing 45.79% Fe, 4.75% Ca) could be obtained, which can be used as the proportioning of metallurgical sinter. The self-enrichment process not only realizes the comprehensive utilization of red gypsum, but also solves the treatment of acidic wastewater. (C) 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.