Disposal Of Waste Plasterboard

The disposal of plasterboard first became an issue when the Environment Agency produced new landfill guidelines in April 2009 relating to material containing gypsum. The main issue with gypsum based plasterboard is that when mixed with biodegradable waste in landfills, the subsequent decomposition can result in the release of sulphide gas (H2S) which is both putrid and toxic.

Land-fill Sites

There are some sites that accept gypsum plasterboard and the Environment Agency has 17 eligible sites for disposing of plasterboard as of June 2009, however it must be separated from other materials. The tax on landfill is subject to an annual increase and disposing of waste materials as opposed to recycling them is becoming progressively more expensive for all types of waste.

Plasterboard

Plasterboard can be difficult to handle particularly when wet and fragile and there are further handling and processing issues if it is contaminated with texture coatings which could contain even minute asbestos fibres. The costs of disposal may have an impact in the event of an insurance claim where the claims handler insists on full precautionary removal of asbestos by specialist contractors, even if there is only a minimal risk of asbestos.
There are a number of recycling companies who will collect and recycle gypsum plasterboard, which is generally at a lower cost than disposal at an approved landfill site. Some plasterboard manufacturers operate a take back scheme for waste/off-cuts of their product.

WRAP Website

Further information related to the disposal of plasterboard and other materials can be obtained from the WRAP website

http://www.wrap.org.uk/

http://www.wrap.org.uk/construction/construction_materials/plasterboard_gypsum/

Points to watch out for on survey include:

Survey Points

1. Plasterboard can no longer be mixed with other waste destined for land-fill, but needs to be sorted, and disposed of separately – increasing costs of refurbishment.

2. Rubbish disposal if organised via contractors is becoming very expensive – a factor to take account of when surveying commercial or large domestic sites.

3. Take care if you are responsible for managing rubbish skips: A Surrey businessman has recently been sentenced to 240 hours community service after he failed to comply with an improvement Notice where staff were at risk from objects falling off the skips.

4. Consider, when carrying out an insurance valuation, any extra costs which might arise from disposal of plaster waste, particularly in the presence of asbestos fibre contaminated by specific materials such as texture coatings.

5. Advise clients who are proposing to undertake refurbishment, about waste regulations and waste management and advise them to take advice from the Environment Agency and WRAP websites.

6. Take note of the Environmental Civil Sanctions (England) Order 2010, designed to prosecute offenders who breach environmental laws, with fines intended to put right damage, even by offenders who have an otherwise good compliance record.

7. Warn clients about the hazards inherent in untidy, poorly-controlled sites

What is Landfill Tax?
http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/index.htm
Enter ‘Landfill Tax’ in Search
Click on Landfill Tax This guide is an introduction to Landfill Tax……. etc

Domestic waste, separated domestic factors and asbestos
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/topics/waste/34868.aspx

Waste gypsum and plasterboard can be recycled and reused
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/static/documents/Leisure/Plasterboard_briefing_note_V3.pdf

Gypsum and plasterboard waste
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/topics/waste/32148.aspx

Waste exemptions
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/topics/permitting/32322.aspx

Plasterboard Waste Regulation
http://www.lafarge.co.uk/wps/portal/uk/4-Plasterboard

Plasterboard – Find out everything you need to know about plasterboard recycling
http://www.wrap.org.uk/recycling_industry/information_by_material/plasterboard/

Plasterboard – about the material
http://www.wrap.org.uk/recycling_industry/information_by_material/plasterboard/plasterboard_about.html

Uses of recycled gypsum from waste plasterboard
http://www.wrap.org.uk/recycling_industry/information_by_material/plasterboard/plasterboard_uses.html

Ashdown Agreement annual report
http://www.wrap.org.uk/recycling_industry/information_by_material/plasterboard/ashdown.html

Reference
Hulls R.H., 2011, WASTE MATERIAL Particularly Plasterboard Surveyors advice to clients, available,http://www.surveytec.co.uk/articles/Waste%20-%20Plasterboard%20%202011-02.pdf, assessed on 23/5/11

About

Having served 16 years in the army Colin re-educated during the early 1990’s including two years at the Camborne School of Mines reading Mineral Surveying and Resource Management achieving a first class Diploma (Dip CSM). This allowed direct entry to the second year at The University of the West of England, Bristol reading Valuation and Estate Management. Training and experience was gained with Exeter City Council Estates Department and Sheperds Chartered Surveyors qualifying as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in June 2003. Colin set-up the company in May 2009 and covers the complete range of services.

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