Disposing of plasterboard safely
15 August 2019
Plasterboard is a widely used construction material utilised for things such as internal ceilings and walls due to its ease of use, low flammability and acoustic qualities. Approximately 270 million m2 of plasterboard is produced, distributed and used in the UK each year.
Today’s construction industry is increasingly aware of things that could impact the environment and actively encourage reuse and recycling of materials. But when renovation work is taking place, walls are often ripped down and the remnants need to be disposed of.
Safe disposal of plasterboard
Plasterboard must be disposed of correctly to ensure there are no ill effects. Plasterboard contains gypsum, a soft sulfate mineral composed of calcium sulfate dihydrate, so if plasterboard is disposed alongside biodegradable wastes it can lead to the production of odorous and toxic hydrogen sulphide gas. The current plasterboard waste management regulations state that plasterboard has to be disposed of separately to prevent this.
Plasterboard should be recycled wherever possible. The gypsum can be removed to enable the remaining parts to be separated and recycled back into raw materials for reuse. Recycling is important and advantageous because it reduces the amount of waste going to landfill and produces a useful resalable product.
Most Household Waste Recycling Centres will offer a plasterboard disposal or recycling service. You’ll need to separate other materials such as wood from your unwanted plasterboard and deposit it in the designated area. Check in advance which facilities in your area offer this service and choose a recycling option if available.
Small businesses that produce a large amount of gypsum-based waste should try to find a local plasterboard recycling centre. Recycling plasterboard is a practical alternative to the waste going to landfill and a good way to boost your business’ green credentials. Diverting your waste from landfill can also offer financial benefits as it may reduce your landfill tax liabilities and enable you to get tax credits if your waste is recycled, incinerated or reused.
Larger construction projects must adhere to stricter regulations on their construction and demolition waste. If your project requires a Site Waste Management Plan, how to dispose of your plasterboard will form an important part of it.
It is your responsibility to only pass your waste on to someone who is an authorised carrier. This is where TJ comes in. We specialise in commercial waste management, including assisting with Site Waste Management Plans and we can tailor a service to suit your business’ exact needs to ensure everything is taken care of.
If you’re doing a small or medium-sized project involving the removal of plasterboard, TJ can supply you with a plasterboard-only skip. This will allow you to dispose of your plasterboard safely as it will not be mixed with any other waste. When you’ve finished, TJ will remove the skip and take the contents to be recycled.
We have a range of skip sizes from 2 to 35 yard, so there’s one to suit every project. The individual skip pages contain information on the dimensions and capacity volumes of each skip to give you all the information you need. You can get an accurate online quote in just a few minutes and then book your chosen skip to arrive as early as the next working day!
Give us a call on 08000 463 964 to discuss your plasterboard disposal needs, big or small.
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