It’s pretty hard to determine the best way to get rid of plasterboards. The regulations around plasterboard disposal keep changing, and what you thought to be a correct disposal option yesterday maybe rendered hazardous today. When getting rid of gypsum-based plasterboards, be sure to adhere to the set legal requirements or else you’ll be charged and fined for polluting the environment.
It’s advisable to dispose of plasterboards separately with other regular wastes. When you dispose of the material alongside biodegradable wastes, it can emit odorous and toxic hydrogen sulphide gas. So, devise a safer way to dispose of the trash to avoid environmental contamination.
If you’re uncertain about how to get rid of plasterboard, follow the following simple steps:
1. Separate it from harmless waste
Most construction wastes are non-hazardous, and plasterboard isn’t one of them. Besides, you can’t dispose of it in a skip. This means that plasterboard calls for a special disposal method. Therefore, it’s vital to separate it from the rest of the waste and dispose of it separately and in an eco-friendly manner.
Before throwing your plasterboard into the bin, check to see if you can reuse it at your construction site. If you’re done with the construction project, look for a friend who may need it.
3. Hire a junk removal service
You may be unable to transport your plasterboards to a disposal site, especially if they’re many. In such a case, it would be advisable to find a junk removal service near you to help you dispose of the waste.
4. Place a “free” sign
If the plasterboards are uncontaminated, it’s better to leave it out for neighbours to collect. Construction materials are costly and people will exploit every opportunity they spot, especially where free things are involved. So, instead of disposing of the materials, craft a “free” sign and place it beside the heap. It will only take minutes if not a second to clear the site.
5. Recycling uncontaminated plasterboard
Recycling is the best disposal option for uncontaminated plasterboard. Therefore, there is no reason why one should send it to a landfill. Used plasterboards can be recycled and used in making new plasterboards. Besides, you can take it to a recycler who makes agricultural soil conditioners.
Why recycling is the best option
The law requires all waste containing gypsum-based elements like plasterboard be separated and taken for recycling rather than disposing of them in landfills.
While gypsum isn’t a hazardous waste, disposing of it inappropriately can cause problems. Therefore, you should consider taking the plasterboard to a local recycling centre to have the components recovered and brought back into raw materials. The recovered components have a wide array of applications such as industrial machinery and the production of new plasterboards.
Recycling gypsum-based plasterboards do not only help divert wastes going to landfills but also produces useful resalable products. Besides, the practice reduces the costs of gypsum extraction for the plasterboard production industry.
Plasterboard disposal rules and regulations
It’s reported that about 3 million tons of plasterboard are used in the UK every year. The massive usage of plasterboards leaves numerous impacts on the environment surrounding the landfills where the waste is disposed of. Consequently, the EPA has set up guidelines to regulate the management and disposal of plasterboards and other gypsum-containing substances.
Previously, EPA allowed for the disposal of plasterboards at landfills (10% rule). However, the waste was already accounting for a significant percentage of the trash disposal at city landfills in 2009, making the environment agency scrap out the rule. It offered guidance on alternative ways of disposing of all wastes containing gypsum. As such, if you’ve got a plasterboard you want to dispose of, don’t mix it with biodegradable waste to prevent the emission of the toxic hydrogen sulphide. Instead, separate the waste and take it to the plasterboard production industry for recovery and recycling.