Changing regulations around plasterboard disposal can be confusing. However, whether you are an individual, a tradesperson or are involved in a large construction project, there are clear legal requirements in the UK today that need to be followed to dispose of gypsum-based plasterboard correctly.
In this article, we explain why plasterboard can’t be disposed of in mixed waste skips. We also highlight your options for easy, affordable and safe plasterboard disposal in Dorset, for individuals, businesses and construction contractors.
Why you can’t put plasterboard in mixed waste skips
Plasterboard is typically formed by a layer of gypsum, sandwiched between outer layers of lining paper. It is the gypsum in plasterboard, which is potentially hazardous, that has prompted the Environment Agency to tighten regulations around plasterboard disposal.
Disposing of gypsum alongside biodegradable wastes that can often be found in mixed waste skips may lead to the production of odorous and toxic hydrogen sulphide gas. Separating plasterboard waste into a dedicated plasterboard skip prevents any risks of gypsum materials coming into contact with biodegradable waste.
Safely disposing of plasterboard in plasterboard skips
Legally, any waste containing gypsum materials, such as plasterboard or concrete, should be separated for recovery and recycling wherever possible. Plasterboard skips and plasterboard skip bags provide easy and quick solutions to keep plasterboard separate, ensuring that legal obligations are met and that waste plasterboard is disposed of safely.
Although it is not classed as a hazardous waste, if gypsum is not disposed of correctly it can cause problems for the environment and wildlife.
Safe plasterboard disposal for individuals
Until 2009, the Environment Agency did not specify that separate disposal was a legal requirement for loads where construction waste contained small amounts of sulphate (up to 10%). However, current regulations require that even small amounts of plasterboard should not go to landfill with biodegradable waste. Therefore, to keep the process as simple as possible it’s recommended that plasterboard waste is separated onsite immediately.
AMS Environmental in Dorset offer ‘same day’ plasterboard skips in Bournemouth, Poole and BH postcode areas for individuals, businesses and contractors. For our best plasterboard skip hire prices please call the AMS team on 01202 579579.
Plasterboard disposal for businesses
Businesses that fail to dispose of plasterboard properly can be fined by the Environment Agency. Canford Recycling Centre, near Wimborne in Dorset, is a trade waste recycling centre that is licensed to accept a wide range of waste types, including plasterboard and many other hazardous and difficult to dispose of wastes.
Large scale plasterboard disposal
Large scale construction projects are subject to even tighter controls with regards to the waste produced onsite. If your construction project is large enough to require a Site Waste Management Plan, plasterboard disposal will be an important factor that will need to be covered in the plan if plasterboard waste is generated.
Businesses and individuals have a legal ‘duty of care’ to ensure that waste is only passed to an authorised carrier, like Canford Recycling Centre in Dorset.
For further advice on tipping plasterboard waste, please call the waste disposal experts on 01202 579579 for advice about the waste disposal requirements for your construction project in Dorset.
Quick, easy and safe plasterboard disposal in Dorset
The ‘same day’ plasterboard skip hire service by AMS Environmental provides an affordable, quick and easy service for individuals, businesses and contractors to safely dispose of plasterboard in Bournemouth, Poole and throughout the BH postcode areas. For plasterboard skip hire prices, call AMS Environmental now on 01202 579579.
Plasterboard skip bags also offer a quick, affordable and easy solution to have your plasterboard waste collected in Bournemouth, Poole and BH postcode areas. To find out more about plasterboard skip bag collections, call our team on 01202 579579.
For plasterboard disposal in Dorset, Canford Recycling Centre near Wimborne is a licensed disposal facility that accepts plasterboard and a wide range of hazardous wastes including asbestos, electrical waste, oils, paints, aerosols and more. Call the hazardous waste experts for advice on disposing of plasterboard and other construction wastes on 01202 579579.