What Happens To Waste Plasterboard?

Plasterboard is bulked and taken to a plasterboard recycling centre where 100% is recycled.

The paper is stripped and made back into fibre based products.

The gypsum is crushed and ground down and then mixed with new gypsum to make new plasterboard.

Can plasterboard go in general waste?

Plasterboard cannot be mixed with other waste – it has to be disposed of separately as it can’t go to landfill. That doesn’t mean it cannot be stored in a small skip of its own or bagged separately. Many waste and skip hire companies will collect plasterboard as long as its kept separate.

Is plasterboard hazardous waste?

Gypsum Plaster products (and plasterboard)

Although plasterboard is designated as NON-HAZARDOUS waste, it has specific disposal issues when mixed with biodegradable wastes (like food). A reaction that produces hydrogen sulphide, a strong smelling, toxic gas and a constituent of acid rain can occur.

Why is plasterboard not allowed in skips?

No, the sulphate in plasterboard does not pose a threat in most circumstances, but whilst breaking down in mixed waste landfills, there is a potential that dangerous hydrogen sulphide gas can be created and released, thus new measures have been introduced to ensure safe disposal and recycling of plasterboard and gypsum

Do skips take plasterboard?

Unfortunately, you are unable to put plasterboard in skips, which you have other general waste in. The Environment Agency asks us to separate plasterboard and gypsum-based materials from the other waste we collect. For these reasons, The Waste Group must make sure that plasterboard is kept separate.

Why is plasterboard so expensive to dispose?

It is the gypsum in the plasterboard that has forced the current plasterboard waste management regulations. This is because when gypsum is disposed of alongside biodegradable wastes it can lead to the production of odorous and toxic hydrogen sulphide gas.

Do hippo bags take plasterboard?

You can use your HIPPOBAG for ordinary household, garden, DIY and builders’ waste. However, we can recycle your uncontaminated plasterboard if it’s kept clean and segregated from other waste.

Where can I dispose of plasterboard?

Plasterboard. Plasterboard can be disposed of at any of our recycling centres apart from Mansfield in small amounts, if you have carried out refurbishments yourself in your own property. If the work was carried out by a tradesperson, it is their legal responsibility to dispose of the waste.

Can I burn plasterboard?

The composition of drywall makes it difficult to burn. While the paper itself is flammable and burning will evaporate the water, it takes a very high temperature to burn gypsum. As a result, it is not possible to fully burn drywall outside of industrial furnaces.

What is plasterboard made of?

Drywall (also known as plasterboard, wallboard, sheet rock, gypsum board, buster board, custard board, or gypsum panel) is a panel made of calcium sulfate dihydrate (gypsum), with or without additives, typically extruded between thick sheets of facer and backer paper, used in the construction of interior walls and