What Is The Process Behind Plasterboard Recycling?
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What Is The Process Behind Plasterboard Recycling?

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Plasterboard, or gypsum, is one of the most common materials used in our buildings, and provides us with smooth and paintable surfaces for our walls and ceilings. This means a lot of it is generated in waste every time a house or office is knocked down or renovated. Just like our other resources, Plasterboard can be recycled and re-used to help create more plasterboard and other building materials such as wall blocks.

How Does Plasterboard Recycling Work?

Up to 2007, approximately 3 million tonnes of gypsum waste was landfilled in Europe, but advances in technology, infrastructure and legislation in recent years has had a huge effect on this and now more plasterboard is being recycled than ever before. The three main types of plasterboard waste are:

  • Production Waste – This is waste which arises at industrial gypsum production sites. It consists of rejects and non-spec materials generated during the manufacturing of gypsum products.
  • Construction Waste – Gypsum waste from new construction activities is typically a clean waste, and primarily consists of off-cuts of plasterboard where the boards have been cut to fit the dimensions of the wall or ceiling.
  • Demolition Waste – This waste comes from already installed plasterboards which often were installed many years ago. They are taken out when a building is demolished or renovated.

    All plasterboard recycling goes through a thorough a process which takes away all of the added material which is left on the plasterboard when it’s removed from the wall or ceiling. It is typical for gypsum recyclers to accept up to 3 per cent of contamination from other materials.

    First the gypsum is sorted to decide whether it’s suitable for the recycling process, once it has been accepted it has all of the foreign materials removed from it so that what is left is pure plasterboard. This means removing any nails and other metal objects which are built into or attached to the gypsum during its life.

    Then it enters the next stage which removes all of the paper that’s attached to the plasterboard, before going through the final stages which refines it and makes it much smaller. It is then packed and loaded ready to be used to create more gypsum or other production processes.

    The first country to set up a plasterboard recycling system was Denmark, with the creation of Gypsum Recycling International A/S back in 2001. Since then it has been exported all over Europe including the rest of Scandinavia, France and the UK. One of the targets set by the European Union is to have 70 per cent of construction and demolition waste recycled by 2020.

    Plasterboard Recycling Services From Skippy

    If you have plasterboard to dispose of, Skippy Nationwide can help. We will collect and recycle all clean uncontaminated plasterboard and Gypsum waste from site. For more information on plasterboard recycling and the ideal solution for you, call one of our experts today on 03333 218402 or email sales@skippy.co.uk

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