Did you know that our sister company, Alfred Business Consultancy, is one of the UK’s largest handlers of plasterboard waste? As a group, Site Solutions and Alfred are passionate about sustainable waste solutions. Therefore, Alfred ensures that 100% of the collected plasterboard is either recycled or reused.
Plasterboard waste is classified as non-hazardous material; however, its disposal is heavily regulated, with a legal requirement to handle and dispose of it correctly. Click here for legislation.
Plasterboard is made from gypsum and paper; it comprises an inner layer of gypsum sandwiched together with outer layers of lining paper. Its versatile properties make it a popular material for the construction industry. Plasterboard is widely used for building homes, wall linings, partitions, and fire protection.
The chemical makeup of gypsum is the reason strict regulations need to be followed. If gypsum waste is mixed with biodegradable waste, it results in the production of odorous and toxic hydrogen sulphide gas. Exposure to this gas could cause breathing difficulties or skin and eye irritation.
How Alfred works:
Much like Site Solutions, Alfred likes to keep things simple:
- Plasterboard waste is bulked up at local waste transfer stations or demolition sites.
- Alfred contacts customers weekly to arrange bulk waste collections of plasterboard.
- Plasterboard waste is transported to a central recycling location.
- 100% recycled.
- Invoice to the customer.
As is the case with all waste, if it can be recycled, it should be. Alfred collects thousands of tonnes of plasterboard and gypsum waste every week with a zero waste policy. Recycled plasterboard is widely used in the construction, manufacturing, and agricultural industries, and here’s how:
- New plasterboard – during the recycling process, gypsum powder is recovered and used as raw material to manufacture new plasterboard.
- Cement – gypsum waste controls the setting of cement, making the setting process quicker and therefore easier to work with.
- Used in soil – gypsum waste contains hydrated calcium sulphate, which has a positive impact on plant nutrients. Research for agricultural uses suggests that the growth of potatoes and mushrooms benefits the most.
If you have bulk plasterboard waste, you can get in touch with Alfred directly at: 01684 353512. For other waste disposal types, Site Solutions can help. Contact us at: 01684 353556