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The Do's & Don’ts of the disposal of plasterboard

In summary…

Plasterboard waste is classed as a non-hazardous material, made from gypsum and paper; it comprises of an inner layer of gypsum sandwiched with outer layers of lining paper. Its versatility means it is widely used for building homes used in wall linings, partitions and fire protection.


The sticky part…

It is the chemical makeup of gypsum that leads to strict regulations needing to be followed. If gypsum waste is mixed with biodegradable waste it results in the production of odorous and toxic hydrogen sulphide gas. Exposure to this gas can cause breathing difficulties or skin and eye irritation.


Don’ts:

  • Don’t mix up your waste – Gypsum based materials need to be kept separate

  • Don’t send plasterboard waste to landfill

  • Don’t ignore regulations. Laws and regulations are constantly under review, if you work in a business that deals with waste, it is your responsibility to keep up to date

  • Don’t hire a cowboy to dispose of plasterboard; do your research and contact an authorised carrier. If waste is not disposed of correctly, the fine will land in your lap!

Do’s: RECYCLE

Plasterboard and all gypsum-based materials can be reused, re-purposed and recycled. Recycled plasterboard is widely used in the construction, manufacturing and agricultural industries, and here’s how:

  • New plasterboard – during the recycling process, gypsum powder is recovered and used as raw material to manufacture new plasterboard

  • Cement – gypsum waste controls the setting of cement, making the setting process quicker and therefore easier to work with

  • Used in soil – gypsum waste contains hydrated calcium sulphate which has a positive impact on plant nutrients. Research for agricultural uses suggest as the growth of potatoes and mushrooms benefit the most

How we can help…

Alfred handles hundreds of tonnes of plasterboard waste every week. We are the go between in getting rid of your waste and disposing of it correctly, i.e. recycling. We work with businesses nationwide, who handle large quantities of plasterboard waste and transport to local recycling centres. Let us take care of your plasterboard waste requirements and leave you to get on with your business.

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