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What Waste Do We Want?

Updated: Sep 9

Alfred is proud to be the UK’s largest handler of plasterboard and gypsum waste. Working with waste management companies and large producers of plasterboard waste across the country we arrange bulk waste collections, manage, and recycle hundreds of tonnes of plasterboard and gypsum waste every week.


What is gypsum?

Gypsum is a soft sulfate mineral composed of calcium sulfate dihydrate. It has been obtained through mining since the 1880’s and widely used as the main component in different forms of plaster. Such as plasterboard, cement, plaster of paris etc.


Is plasterboard hazardous?

Plasterboard is non-hazardous in normal use and whilst it decomposes in landfill, in doing so it releases hydrogen sulfide, a chalcogen hydride gas, which is highly flammable, poisonous, and corrosive.

Bacteria is also formed, which converts the paper in the board to methane gas, which is non-toxic, but very flammable and can be explosive when mixed with air.


What waste do we want?

Alfred works with large handlers of plasterboard waste nationwide, such as skip and demolition companies, to manage the collection and recycling of gypsum-based waste. It is not only plasterboard we can collect and recycle. Let us know if you have other gypsum based materials to dispose of, for example moulds for ceramics, and we will find a suitable outlet.


When do we want it?…now!

Alfred offers a comprehensive service, saving our customers time and hassle. Our service includes regular contact with customers to confirm when bulk collections are required. Collection of material is arranged and transported to a central recycling centre. Because we work with outlets across the UK we can find the right outlet closest to the location of the waste. At the conclusion of the process an invoice is sent to our customer. Simple.


Did you know 100% of plasterboard and gypsum waste is recycled?

Recycling plasterboard reduces the need for the quarrying and production of gypsum. Which saves energy and depletion of natural resources.94% of the waste can be used to make new plasterboard. Alternatively, it can be used as a component in cement, or in agriculture. The recovered paper content is also recycled for reuse.

How is it safely recycled?

Plasterboard is recycled at a specialist plant which processes the gypsum so that contaminants are stripped out and the paper content mechanically removed. Virtually all impurities are removed during the process.

To find out more visit: plasterboard recycling

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