It is estimated 270 million m2 of plasterboard is produced and used every year in the UK alone.
Since 2009, in line with the Landfill Directive, the Environment Agency announced an important update to the safe disposal of gypsum based waste. The guidance of allowing up to 10% of gypsum waste to be mixed with other waste and sent to landfill was made obsolete. Moving forward 100% of gypsum waste must be separated and either recycled, reused or disposed of adhering to the new regulations.
Gypsum is the raw material in plasterboard. Although classed as non-hazardous, if mixed with biodegradable waste, the gas produced can cause substantial human health side effects.
The updated regulations apply to all waste containing gypsum based materials such as:
If gypsum waste is not recycled and instead sent to landfill, it must be placed in monocells - an expensive and therefore uncommon route taken.
The Environment Agency has published guidelines to assist and help in the disposal of gypsum waste:
Reduce: Keep waste to a minimum
Reuse: Offcuts of materials where possible
Recycle: For materials that are unable to be reused, recycle!
Dispose: If reuse and recycling is not an option only dispose as a final resort and follow regulations to do so.
Alfred collect and recycle hundreds of tonnes of plasterboard and gypsum waste every week. A full transparent audit trail is available upon request. Customers can rest assured we are compliant with PAS109 and recycle 100% of all plasterboard and gypsum waste collected. For more information visit Plasterboard Recycling