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Managing plasterboard waste

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Plasterboard is a building material made of a gypsum layer between 2 layers of lining paper. Since 1 April 2009, gypsum and plasterboard cannot be sent to landfill that contains biodegradable waste.

If you create waste gypsum or plasterboard as a result of your activities, you must:

  • separate gypsum-based material and plasterboard from other wastes on site so it can be either be recycled, reused or disposed of properly at landfill
  • separately package or identify plasterboard in a load of mixed waste so that it can easily be identified for separation at a waste transfer station
  • not deliberately mix gypsum or plasterboard waste with other waste for landfill
  • speak to your waste management contractor about options for recycling plasterboard - they may be able to provide separate skips or sort it for you.

Preventing plasterboard waste

The Plasterboard Sustainability Partnership (PSP) has developed an Action Plan. This includes actions on reducing waste. You can find more information is available on the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) website (external link).