Plasterboard Recycling

Effective waste management is a priority for British Gypsum.

From initial design to on-site testing, through to manufacturing and installation – we’ve always believed that effective waste management makes good environmental and good business sense.

Contact details

The dedicated Plasterboard Recycling Service Team is available to help you set up new accounts, order additional services and answer questions about our Plasterboard Recycling Service.

t: 0800 6335040

A unique approach

As a manufacturing company, we help build the environments that are an essential part of everyday life – from schools to hospitals, businesses to homes. Minimising the effects construction projects have on the environment is an important part of our activities. We believe the most effective way to encourage best practice, is to make the building process sustainable for business and sustainable for the environment.

Our commitment

Over many years, we have committed significant time and resources to ensure we achieve high standards of environmental sustainability – to the point where we now recycle over 96% of the waste produced from our own manufacturing process. The remaining elements are also disposed of via responsible routes, such as animal bedding and soil conditioning. A programme of external activity, helping the construction industry reduce its impact on the environment, has also been implemented to match our internal commitment.

New guidance on the disposal of gypsum

As part of The Landfill Directive, the Environment Agency previously allowed construction waste that contained small amounts of gypsum (the main constituent of plasterboard) to be sent to landfill. This was known as the 10% rule.

On April 1st 2009, the 10% guidance was removed governing the disposal of gypsum. Gypsum, the main raw material for plasterboard, is a sulphate but is classified as non-hazardous. Under the new regulations, waste containing gypsum can no longer be mixed with biodegradable waste at a standard landfill site. This change in regulation applies to waste containing identifiable gypsum-based materials, such as plasterboard, thermal laminates, glass reinforced gypsum (GRG), plasters, cove and ceiling tiles.

If a container of gypsum is sent to landfill, it must now be deposited in a separate Monocell. There are currently relatively few Monocells in the UK designed to take high sulphate wastes such as gypsum, and so use of this disposal route is likely to lead to higher costs for construction firms.

The Environment Agency is now advising producers of gypsum waste to:

Eliminate waste before it enters construction sites.
Reduce the amount of waste produced to an absolute minimum.
Reuse off-cuts of plasterboard or surplus raw materials.
Recycle and re-process waste that is not suitable for immediate reuse.
Dispose of any waste that cannot be reused or recycled responsibly and only use landfill as a last resort.

British Gypsum is here to help

We’re on-hand to help you meet the new guidance requirements in the most cost effective way possible – by designing products that minimise waste, and by recycling plasterboard waste quickly and efficiently.

Our plasterboard recycling service

Our plasterboard recycling service is based on the principles of simplicity and reliability. We are the only plasterboard manufacturer in the UK with dedicated plasterboard recycling facilities at our manufacturing sites, and our service continues to expand year-on-year.

A simple cost-effective solution

British Gypsum has developed a cost-effective process to take back and recycle plasterboard waste. Crucially, this process has been designed from the builder’s perspective, to minimise processing time and maximise simplicity.

Flexible and reliable: Depending on your preference, we’ll provide you with bags or skips to house your waste – and collect them from your building site at times that are convenient for you. The process is flexible and reliable, and can be scaled up or down to suit any construction project.

Reporting and long term learning benefits: We also provide comprehensive feedback on the waste we recycle. Our system records the total tonnage of waste for a project, the average weight per bag or skip, along with other factors – allowing you to see the financial savings compared to less environmentally sound options.

What can British Gypsum recycle?

The number of bags and skips we supply can be tailored to accommodate changes in the amount of waste produced during a construction project. Our recycling service has been designed to handle a wide range of gypsum waste, including:

PRS what can we recycle?

New-build waste and scrap from new products only

Gyproc Habito
British Gypsum plasterboard including Rigidur H 
Duplex boards and thermal laminates* 
Gypsum based ceiling tiles
Specialist board products
Artex Decorative Plaster Mouldings (DPM) / Cove
Gyproc DriWall Adhesive
All Thistle plasters except Thistle DriCoat and ThistlePro Magnetic Plaster
 *Off cuts only
Full bags of plaster only (no sweepings or empty bags)

Whether you’re planning a new project, or if you’re on-site already, a simple phone call is all it takes to start the process. Call our dedicated Plasterboard Recycling Service Team and we’ll make it easy to make the switch.

It's easy to register your site

Contact the Plasterboard Recycling Service Team direct to register your site. 

Delivering containers and picking up recyclable material: Every construction site is allocated a Unique Site Reference Number. This will allow you to order bags and skips according to the needs of individual sites, and monitor the amount of waste each site produces. We guarantee to deliver your recycling bags and skips to site within three working days. The recycling bags have an average capacity of 250kg and skips are available in various sizes. We can also cater for any transport restrictions you may have on site with a range of pick-up vehicles.