Plasterboard is a common construction material. Plasterboard hazardous wasteis versatile and can be used for many products, including commercial buildings like warehouses or offices as well as domestic properties. It is used often to cover walls, ceilings and partition walls.
It doesn’t matter if you are building with plasterboard or removing it, it is important to know how to properly dispose of the waste.
Plasterboard could be disposed of if it made up less than 10% construction waste in the past. The Environmental Agency made this change in 2009. Now, plasterboard must be disposed of separately by any waste management service or recycling agency.
This article will discuss the reasons plasterboard should not be disposed of with general waste. It will also explain the risks to the environment and public health. We’ll also share our top tips on how to dispose of it and minimize wastage.
Plasterboard is Banned From Landfills
Because plasterboard is classified as hazardous waste, it cannot be disposed of in UK landfills or skips.
Plasterboard’s main ingredient is gypsum. This sulphate mineral is mixed with water to create a solid board. Plasterboard is high in sulphate, which can lead to high risk of putrefaction (death).
Plasterboard is safe in dry construction environments, but it can be dangerous if it is thrown out with other waste. Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S) is a toxic gas that forms when plasterboard gets wet.
The eyes and respiratory system can be affected by H2S. Symptoms include headaches, convulsions, and comas.
What Effects Does Plasterboard Have on Landfills’ Environmental Success?
Plasterboard that is rotting can pose a danger to our health and the environment.
Because H2S is dense, it can collect in ground and create large invisible pools. Ground pollution can be severe and ecosystems can suffer from the effects of toxic buildup.
Although H2S pools can look like rainwater pools to the uninitiated, they can be easily identified by their distinct rotten egg smell. This is extremely dangerous and unpleasant to inhale.
H2S is not only poisonous but also corrosive and flammable.
Your business could be prosecuted if you don’t dispose of plasterboard in safe ways.
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How to Dispose Plasterboard Waste Correctly
These are our top 5 tips to dispose of plasterboard safely and minimize wastage
Isolate and Separate Plasterboard from the Rest Of Your Waste
To prevent contamination, you must separate your plasterboard and other materials that you plan to dispose of.
Adequate Waste Storage
It is important to keep the material away from any water, rain or standing water. To prevent condensation, keep the material covered and in an area with low humidity.
Plasterboard skip boards can be provided by waste management services if you have made arrangements for it to be removed from your home.
Minimize Wastage – Only Order What You Need
Although it sounds simple, this is critical to avoid waste when purchasing building materials.
It is possible to order plasterboard in excess and store it. It can get damaged or wet if it’s not properly stored. This could lead to toxic H2S contamination.
You can avoid any H2S buildup by ordering only the amount you require.
Handle with Care
It is important to take care of plasterboard, as with all building materials. Any plasterboard that is damaged beyond repair must be thrown away.
Double-check the measurements before using plasterboard for any construction project. You will have to arrange for collection or recycling of plasterboard if you cut it incorrectly.
Waste Management Solutions
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