Ashdown Agreement

In April 2012 we celebrated the second anniversary of achieving zero gypsum waste to landfill across our business, but this is just one step on our journey to zero waste and zero harm.

Ashdown Agreement

We played a major role in the development of The Ashdown Agreement, which commenced in April 2007, setting out shared objectives for the diversion of waste plasterboard from landfill.

Ashdown 2 2011 - 2015

Following the success of the first Ashdown Agreement a second agreement has been made to run from 2011 to 2015, with the following targets:

  1. To engage with all stakeholders with a long term objective of zero plasterboard waste sent to landfill by 2025
  2. To reduce the amount of plasterboard waste being sent to landfill from UK plasterboard manufacturing operations to zero tonnes per year by 2015
  3. To increase the recycling of new construction plasterboard to 50% by 2015

In addition to this, we have a number of other targets and programmes that will enable us to drive wastage out of our business.

  • Waste Reduction - 6% per tonne of product (based on 2010 levels) by 2013 (2% year on year)
  • Zero all wastes to landfill – zero gypsum waste to landfill was just the first step in our journey to eliminating all waste to landfill

We also support our customers in their efforts to reduce waste during construction, and help them manage any remaining waste as efficiently as possible. We do this in a number of ways:

  • We provide best practice design support to Architects and Specifiers to ensure performances are met in the most environmentally and cost effective way
  • We have developed our bespoke product offer to provide precise product size requirements for major projects with a reduced lead time, reducing waste on site and helping to increase speed of installation
  • We have developed, in conjunction with GPDA and PSP, a training module that examines the reasons for plasterboard waste on construction projects, the financial effect of such waste upon Installers, projects and Clients and possible design solutions that could be introduced across the supply chain to reduce the current rate of waste and move towards target zero. 
  • For any remaining waste, we have dedicated plasterboard recycling facilities. Our Plasterboard Recycling Service (PRS) helps ensure that recycled content of plasterboard is optimised, as well as improving site safety through the efficient removal of site waste. Recycled content in plasterboard in 2011 was 76.3%1 as an industry average
Sustainability - Environmental Challenges