Plasterboards & High Sulphate Wastes
From April 2006, plasterboard and other high bearing sulphate materials cannot be put in landfill. They can only be landfilled at a mono-cell which can make things a little more complicated, but still manageable. The Environmental Agency has asserted that it will be auditing sites and putting fines in if plasterboard has been illegally deposited.
Options for disposal of waste
At the moment disposing of plasterboard waste only comes in two forms: recycle/recover or put in a monofill landfill site. However, due to the increasing cost of landfill, the costs incurred by recycling plasterboard are consistently lower than with putting in monofill sites. This disparity will only continue to get better.
A quality protocol which was designed by WRAP and other key industry members endeavours to increase the tonnage of plasterboard and remove some of the red tape. Gypsum is now classfied as a product rather than waste ensuring that it is recycled in the correct manner.
Decrease the amount of waste
Creating less waste in the first place is something which should be taken into consideration. Improving packaging, customising plasterboard sizes and negate the amount of off-cuts, keeping waste to an absolute minimum.
Choices for Recycling Waste
The 3 UK manufacturers: British Gypsum, Knauf and Siniat have schemes where bulk bags are filled with plasterboard waste and the vehicles which are in charge of collecting the plasterboard waste will be able to carry out the duties they need to and let them be re-processed into new plasterboard.
Private plasterboard recyclers- A plethora of local recyclers have schemes where plasterboard is collected from sites using bulk bags, skips and bins. There are many plasterboard recylers who can accept plasterboard waste for a fee. This could be an option which fits in with some people as the fee which is normally used for plasterboard waste is nominal and inconsequential.
Environmentally friendly uses for recycled plasterboard
The routes for gypsum recycled from plasterboard waste has many avenues: plasterboard and cement manufacture and also land use in agriculture and farming. People are trying to find other sources of turning plasterboard recycled things into something productive.
Contamination can occur with some recyclers. Some things like metal, bricks and glass have been observed in ‘plasterboard only’ loads which is not an outcome that people want to occur. This can curtail the uses for plasterboard and really slow down the process of recycling it. By taking the necessary precautions to keep plasterboard clean, this can actually reduce costs for waste people and make it possible for them to lead a financially solvent lifestyle. These need to be taken into account in the construction and demolition sectors. It is paramount that people ensure that no contamination is present.
Biodegradable waste which includes plasterboard and other waste which is high in sulphate has been banned from landfilling which came into effect in July 2005, although the environmental agency has taken a more relaxed view of this, allowing for some small deposits to be landilled and be recycled. Although since April 2009, this concession has been abolished and no more are due to come in.
Jumbo Waste and Metals Skip Hire have a multitude of solutions for the treatment of sulphate and sulphate contaminated wastes.