Today, where construction is continual, plasterboard is everywhere. Up until April 2009 plasterboard and its primary material gypsum was accepted widely at landfill sites. However, this is no longer the case. Research has led scientists to unearth the effects that both plasterboard and gypsum have on our environment. The leading finding being the dangerous levels of toxic Hydrogen Sulphide that gypsum produces when broken down or incinerated.
Consequently, plasterboard is not accepted into landfill and instead is required to be separated from more general waste materials and treated before being recycled and disposed of in a controlled manner. At Aasvogel, we ensure 100% recycling rates of all plasterboard that we collect.
Our Plasterboard Recycling
After we receive any plasterboard, it is stored and eventually sent to a plasterboard recycling centre. It is here that facilities are in place to safely break down the plasterboard and gypsum materials to use in recycling processes.
Alternative Uses for Plasterboard
The largest proportion of gypsum based plasterboard products that enter our recycling facility in Wantage, will go on to be reused in the cement industry. This is achieved by simply grinding down plasterboard filling to make more plasterboard. This processes is incredibly efficient and uses far less energy than creating ‘virgin’ plasterboard. Other uses for recycled plasterboard can be animal bedding and fuel.
Plastic Recycling for the Future
At Aasvogel we are continually investing in infrastructure and vehicles to reach our goal of diverting all waste materials away from landfill and achieving 100% recycling rates.