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Plasterboard waste management holds vital importance due to environmental regulations and safety concerns. In this guide, we delve into the legislation surrounding plasterboard disposal, why segregation is crucial, and the potential repercussions of non-compliance.

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  1. Legislation and the Prohibition of Plasterboard Landfill:       In 2009, the Environment Agency introduced legislation stipulating that gypsum-based materials, such as plasterboard, must not be landfilled alongside biodegradable materials. This regulation applies to all businesses and mandates the separation of plasterboard waste for recovery and recycling.
  1. The Significance of Segregation        Segregating plasterboard waste serves several critical purposes:
  • Preventing Contamination: Mixing plasterboard with other waste streams can lead to hydrogen sulphide generation upon degradation, posing severe health and safety risks for workers and receiving sites.
  • Compliance: Plasterboard is classified as non-hazardous waste (EWC 17 08 02), but it must not be combined with other waste streams to adhere to legal requirements.
  1. Consequences of Non-Segregation

Failure to segregate plasterboard waste can result in several consequences:

  • Operational Delays: Waste transfer stations employ mechanised processes, but contaminated material necessitates manual segregation, causing delays.
  • Cost Implications: Contamination-related costs, which vary based on the extent of contamination, can escalate to significant amounts, potentially costing businesses hundreds of pounds.
  • Landfill Restrictions: Plasterboard waste destined for landfill must be deposited in a separate, specialised mono-cell designed for high-sulphate waste, incurring substantial expenses. There is now zero tolerance for contamination.
  1. Our Segregation Strategy

At WasteSURE, we are committed to working collaboratively with businesses to facilitate waste stream segregation. Rates for segregated waste will remain more economical than mixed waste rates. However, we understand space limitations and offer skip bags for managing smaller quantities.

  1. Advantages of Recycling

Recycling plasterboard waste offers numerous advantages:

  • Environmental Benefits: Recycling is environmentally friendly and reduces overall costs.
  • Legal Compliance: Segregation aligns with legal obligations, ensuring businesses remain compliant.
  • Corporate Responsibility: Demonstrates a commitment to environmental stewardship and corporate social responsibility.

In conclusion, proper plasterboard waste management is not only a legal requirement but also a responsible practice that safeguards the environment and reduces costs. Compliance with segregation regulations is essential to avoid operational disruptions and financial penalties. Recycling plasterboard waste is a sustainable choice that benefits both businesses and the planet.

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