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The Environmental Impact Of Plasterboard

posted in News by Skippy on 12:07 Nov 27th, 2014

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You may not think of plasterboard, containing the readily available material Gypsum, as having a large impact on the environment. While this is true, the manufacture and wastage of plasterboard actually does have a detrimental effect on the globe. This is why plasterboard recycling is becoming more important.

How Does Plasterboard Impact The UK?

It appears that with every skip you see, you'll notice an errant bit of plasterboard sticking out of it. This could easily avoidable by simple plasterboard recycling. Recent estimates suggest that there is roughly 300,000 tonnes of wasted Gypsum and plasterboard in the construction industry alone per year. This is due to factors such as;

  • Over ordering by contractors
  • Incorrect specifications
  • Damaged goods
  • Off cuts during construction

Waste from the manufacturing process of Gypsum is estimated to be around 500 tonnes. The quantity of waste created by demolitions and refurbishments totals between 500,000 to more than a million tonnes! So, as you can see, there's a whole lot of wastage going on!

The manufacturing process for Gypsum, a key ingredient in plasterboard, is where the real environmental damage occurs according to the Plasterboard Partnership. Fossil fuels and CO2 is often used in large quantities. The extraction of natural Gypsum before it can be processed and used in the manufacturing stage of plasterboard requires the burning of yet more fossil fuels. And guess what the transport and disposal of plasterboard requires? That's right, yet more fossil fuels!

According to GreenSpec, the production and calcinations of plasterboard also uses significant amounts of fossil-driven electricity and natural gas. The facing paper that is included with this material also has a large detrimental effect to the local environment. In particular, the levels of toxicity and eutrophication to water close by as well as increasing toxicity levels in the land.

What Can Be Done To Lessen This?

As the world is increasingly looking for viable alternatives to these greenhouse gases, non-renewable energy sources, it seems like the recycling of plasterboard is the way forward to help reduce the UK's emissions of harmful substances.

At Skippy, we have the facilities to offer a complete Gypsum and plasterboard recycling service. Simply gives us a call, and we'll arrange collection and recycling of your plasterboard. Our service covers;

  • Plasterboard waste Gypsum walls, ceilings and floors
  • Virgin Gypsum board waste
  • Complete boards
  • Off cuts or broken parts
  • Wastes from construction and refurbishment projects
  • Industrial based Gypsum products and materials

For truly effective recycling, all materials containing Gypsum should be separated from other waste items on your construction site. As long as it is uncontaminated, we will be happy to carry away all of the above waste from your site.

Call To Arrange Plasterboard Recycling With Skippy Nationwide Today

To arrange for your plasterboard or other Gypsum containing items to be collected for recycling, please don't hesitate to get in touch. You can call us free on 03333 218402 or send an email to

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