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Plasterboard / Gypsum

Specialist in Plasterboard and Gypsum

Legislation of Plasterboard

Plasterboard gypsum waste cannot be disposed of as general waste. There is a total ban on the disposal of plasterboard waste at mixed waste landfills. As such, in order to responsibly dispose of waste plasterboard in a legally compliant manner, Wasteology can provide a plasterboard recycling service. With a plasterboard waste management service from Wasteology, plasterboard is 100% recycled. 

What Waste Services Are Available To Segregate Plasterboard Waste?

In order to responsibly dispose of waste plasterboard, Wasteology will arrange separate containers for all items of plasterboard waste, whether it is a Roll On Roll Off, Skip, Wheeled Bin, or Sacks. However, with regards to plasterboard disposal and recycling,

Wasteology  recommends……  A dumpy bag which is a 1 cubic metre bag that is as cheap as £5 + vat. This bag can hold up to 200kg of plasterboard.

If you select this option for plasterboard waste disposal, a separate Waste Transfer Note (WTN) will be issued for this waste to confirm Duty of Care is followed and the waste material will be recycled appropriately at a licensed end destination.

The materials are processed into gypsum powder, back into new manufacturing. So if you are searching for a registered Carrier, Broker, Dealer – Upper Tier to provide a dedicated waste management service for your waste plasterboard, call the Wasteology team today on 01823 672 900.

If gypsum waste is sent to landfill, it must be deposited in a separate monocell. However, in the UK there are relatively few monocells designed to take high sulphate wastes (such as gypsum). As such this method of disposal is likely to lead to higher costs; at Wasteology we advise that landfill should only be used as a last resort. Instead look to a professional waste management service that is dedicated to recycling waste plasterboard.

Plasterboard Waste Is Easy To Recycle.

When properly segregated and disposed of through a dedicated recycling service for plasterboard, waste plasterboard is easily recyclable. When this material is recycled, 94% of the waste is sent back to the Gypsum manufacturer, this can be used to make new plasterboard. However, recycled gypsum powder has other uses. For example:

  • It is a key ingredient in cement.
  • It can be used as an alternative material to make blocks and bricks.
  • It can be used in the growing of mushrooms.
  • The powder can improve soil quality for farmers.
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Is Plasterboard Gypsum Waste Considered Hazardous Waste?


Whilst the material is classified as non-hazardous and in most circumstances the sulphate in plasterboard does not pose a threat, there is a potential risk when the material breaks down in landfills. It is possible that whilst breaking down, hydrogen sulphide gas could be created and released.

Hydrogen sulphide is a very dangerous gas; it is poisonous, corrosive, and flammable. 252 million years ago, the most severe extinction event in the Earth’s history (The Permian-Triassic extinction event) is thought to have been caused by a build-up of this dangerous gas in the atmosphere.

What Does The Environmental Agency Say About Plasterboard Waste?

If you need to dispose of waste plasterboard, it is very important to dispose of it in a responsible and legally compliant manner. The Environmental Agency states the following:

  • There is a total ban on the disposal of plasterboard waste at mixed waste landfills.
  • The previous 10% rule is gone; the regulations are valid for any amount of plasterboard waste. A zero tolerance policy will be applied.
  • Obligation for Household Waste Recycling Centres, construction & demolition contractors and transfer/sorting facilities to segregate plasterboard waste.
  • Obligation to try to recycle and treat as much of the waste as possible.

 

Skip License/Permits

A Skip License or sometimes called a Skip Permit may be required if the skip is located on a public highway. Wasteology can apply to the appropriate Local Authority. All waste materials are treated at our Waste Transfer Station where recycling is optimised when processed through our Material Recovery Facility.

What size skips are available?

Skip License/Permits

If you are interested in hiring a skip, you could choose from the following sizes.

6 Yard Skip

Our 6 yard skips have a capacity (m3) of 5m3, and a capacity (yd3) of 6yd3.

The 6 yard skips have a height of 1250mm, a length of 3400mm and a width of 1780mm.

8 Yard Skip

Our 8 yard skips have a capacity (m3) of 6.7m3, and a capacity (yd3) of 8yd3.

The 8 yard skips have a height of 1250mm, a length of 3750mm, and a width of 1780mm.

12 Yard Skip

Our 12 yard skips have a capacity (m3) of 10m3, and a capacity (yd3) of 12yd3.

The 12 yard skips have a height of 1680mm, a length of 3960mm, and a width of 1780mm.

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