Why is Plasterboard Recycled And What Does It Become?
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Why is Plasterboard Recycled And What Does It Become?

posted in Commercial Waste Disposal by Skippy on 12:02 Sep 19th, 2014

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Almost every building contains walls and ceilings which are covered with plasterboard, or gypsum as it's sometimes known. Like most other materials which are removed from renovated houses and offices, plasterboard can be recycled so it can be re-used again for another purpose.

Why's Plasterboard Recycled And What Does It Become?

The construction and demolition industry generates 1 million tonnes of waste plasterboard per year. All of this cannot be disposed in landfill due to its sulphate content and therefore must be separated and prepared for a special recycling process.

plasterboard recycling is split into three main categories, these are:

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

All plasterboard recycling starts by going through an initial process which removes all of the added material which has been left on it when it's taken off the wall or ceiling. It's typical for gypsum recyclers to accept up to 3% of contamination from other materials.

Then the gypsum is separated into bits which are suitable for the recycling process and the bits which need to be removed. Once it has been accepted, it has all of the foreign materials removed from it so that what is left is pure plasterboard material. This stage is where any nails and other metal objects which are built into or attached are removed leaving no hard objects.

The next stage removes all of the paper that's attached to the plasterboard, leaving it with no contaminated materials. Finally it goes through the final stages which refines it into smaller pieces and makes it much smaller.

Once the plasterboard has been through the refinement process it's then used to create more gypsum, other products or to make it use less space in landfill. Its production prevents quarrying for some of the raw materials which are used for plasterboard and also saves other types of energy from being wasted in various ways.

Plasterboard Recycling Services From Skippy

Skippy Nationwide are industry experts when it comes to construction waste management. 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 today on 03333 218402 or email sales@skippy.co.uk

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