Plasterboard Lends Itself Best To Recycling
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Plasterboard Lends Itself Best To Recycling

posted in Commercial Waste Disposal by Skippy on 12:14 Apr 15th, 2015

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Plasterboard is found almost every building which is built, which means that when any are destroyed there is often a lot which needs to be removed. To avoid all of it ending up in landfill, many companies now recycle it into gypsum which can be used for both agricultural and building purposes.

Plasterboard Recycling Rates Increasing

While the recycling of construction materials is most often associated with the main structural components of a building, such as concrete, timber or steel, other internal materials also provide great opportunities for re-use. Currently a whole variety of new innovations are being produced which aim to tackle the major issues surrounding construction waste and recycling.

Plasterboard is a great example of a material which can be recycled easily. It consists of gypsum plasters sandwiched between sturdy sheets of paper, and is used for a variety of applications including interior walls and ceilings inside almost every building.

Gypsum is just one element which makes up plasterboard, but its presence is what makes it an ideal candidate for recycling. It is a soft sulfate mineral that can works as an effective fertiliser material, which is why it is so frequently recycled.

When used for agricultural purposes, gypsum has been found to help improve soil quality in a variety of ways improving its structure and raising water retention levels by breaking up clay, as well as providing important nutritional elements for plants. It can also be used as an ingredient in other recycled materials, and like glass can be recycled into new plasterboard at a rate of one part recycled gypsum to three parts raw gypsum.

The chemical makeup of gypsum makes it relatively easy to convert into fertiliser, but caused problems if sent to landfill. It contains sulfate material which causes damage to the environment as it creates large amounts of hydrogen sulphide gas.

It is also now important that companies take plasterboard recycling seriously in order to meet all of the required regulations which are now set to construction companies to improve the overall sustainability of the industry. This along with many other waste and recycling directives are helping the UK building industry to cut CO2 emissions and become more responsible for the waste they produce.

Waste Management & Plasterboard Recycling Services From Skippy

Skippy Nationwide are industry experts when it comes to construction waste management and plasterboard recycling. We can collect and recycle all clean uncontaminated plasterboard waste from site. For more information on our plasterboard recycling services, call one of our experts on 03333 218402 or email sales@skippy.co.uk

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