Collection, Disposal and Recycling of Plasterboards

Jun 30, 2016

In essence,  every material could be reprocessed and re-used nowadays. Some materials, however, remain challenging to manage once they reach their permanency. Plasterboard is one of those materials that's difficult to decompose and therefore, cannot be securely landfilled or recycled without a distinctive process being installed.


Why is it difficult to landfill or recycle plasterboard?

The main component that makes up plasterboard is gypsum. Gypsum is a raw material that rarely dissolves indecomposable waste extant in landfills. It is made up of a non-hazardous sulphate compound that could cause environmental pollutions, particularly in higher concentration, eliciting redolent hydrogen sulphide fumes when dissolved in biodegradable materials in landfills during decomposition.


The Environmental Agency Rules

As at the end of April 2016, all high sulphate containing wastes products including plasterboard were no longer permitted in the general landfill, though a 10% allowance for such material were put in place. They were only landfilled at a mono-cell, a distinctive cell that only accepted high sulphate containing compounds. In 2009 henceforth, the Environmental Agency retraced the rules demanding that no waste containing gypsum could be mixed with biodegradable waste at the landfill. The agency also announced that they would review sites and impose fines if any unauthorised disposal of plasterboards were made.

In Europe, the countless number of buildings under construction or renovations generates a lot of plasterboard materials. In fact, approximately 4 million tonnes of plasterboard materials are generated in the United Kingdom every year, with roughly 300,000 tonnes of such coming from new building constructions. The question remains, what happens to all these plasterboards if such cannot be placed in landfills?


Grab Hire recover plasterboards

You are probably a resident of Oxford, Cheltenham, Calne, Chippenham, Swindon, Cirencester, Marlborough, Wooton Bassett or Faringdon. You've been skipping hire to dispose your plasterboard among other sulphate containing construction wastes. Wiltshire Grab Hire has established a mechanism not only to conscientiously collect and dispose of your sulphate containing materials but also to recycle it. This is how the whole procedure works;

  • Collection

Experts from Wiltshire Grab Hire will recover the plasterboard from your homesteads or construction sites, carefully separate it from the rest of the waste, making sure that there is minimal contamination in the form of wood, plastic and other fragments.

  • Recycling 

The plasterboard will then be transported to for processing. The experts in reprocessing plasterboards will recover and recycle your plasterboard comprehensively, utilising a cost-effective mechanism to recuperate the waste into original usable plasterboard sheets. These sheets can then be sold to construction and building companies for use in buildings, constructions and engineering projects.

Therefore, if you have plasterboards to dispose of and want to avoid the temptation of breaching the Environmental Agency standards, a more eco-friendly, yet responsible way, to make that happen, is to use grab hire services that can gather and reprocess your gypsum-containing materials.


Collection, Disposal and Recycling of Plasterboards