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How Can I Dispose of Plasterboard?

Plasterboard is commonplace in the world of construction, especially in the home. As a result of it being easily-accessible, affordable, hard-wearing and simple to install, it’s no surprise that there’s copious amounts of plasterboard that is sat in garages and workshops because we don’t know how to dispose of it properly. We’ll help you to get over this hurdle in this article, whether it be domestic or commercial waste.

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What is plasterboard?

Plasterboard is a man-made sheet or panel that is made up of calcium sulphate dihydrate, which is also referred to as gypsum. The materials are pressed between a facer and a backer to form the sheet that you see in the hardware and DIY stores. Plasterboard is mostly used for internal purposes in domestic and commercial capacities. Typically, plasterboard is used to create walls and ceilings. 

Not only is it easy to install, but it also provides a great surface to paint or wallpaper on top of. But as it’s such a popular product in the construction world, it’s no wonder that you’re likely to have some surplus or waste plasterboard product lying around that you’re wanting to get rid of. Whether you’re commercial or domestic, there is a specific way in which you will need to dispose of plasterboard, and Willshee’s are able to help.

What are the different types of plasterboard?

There are many different types of plasterboard available, depending on what it is you need the plasterboard for. If you’re having a professional come in to do the work, then they will be best to advise you on which one you need to get the job done. Some of the most commonly-used plasterboard types include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Dense plasterboard – used to protect against damages that contains fibreglass and dense paper materials
  • External plasterboard – contains moisture repellents to withstand all weather, so it can be used for external insulation
  • Fire-resistant plasterboard – as the name would suggest, this plasterboard will be able to withstand fire exposure and contact and is required under some building regulations
  • Insulated plasterboard – contains an additional insulative layer for optimum energy efficiency without being overly thick
  • Moisture-resistant plasterboard – reduces the risk of damp and mould and is mostly used in toilets, kitchens and bathrooms in both domestic and commercial settings
  • Plank plasterboard – a thick plasterboard that is used commonly in stairwells, hallways and lift shafts, but it’s also sound and heat-resistant
  • Sound-resistant plasterboard – plasterboard that’s used to diminish sound and is high in terms of density
  • Sound and moisture-resistant plasterboard – used in conjunction with fire-resistant plasterboard for optimum wear and safety
  • Vapour-resistant plasterboard – is manufactured to be protected against moisture and comes with foil backing for complete protection

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What is plasterboard typically used for?

According to GreenSpec, 270 million square metres of plasterboard is used in Britain every single year. This includes use in both domestic and commercial settings. New-build homes are built, commonly, with plasterboard interior walls as a cost-effective partitioning solution that is easy to paint. In addition to being used in newly-constructed houses, plasterboard is also used in the following settings, among other applications:

  • Care homes
  • Nursing environments
  • Domestic properties
  • Flats and apartments
  • Residential buildings
  • Hospitals
  • Libraries
  • Office buildings
  • GP surgeries
  • Dental practices
  • Schools
  • Shops

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Is plasterboard classed as hazardous waste?

In short, no. Plasterboard is not considered to be hazardous waste. However, it is still banned from being sent to landfill. This is because, as we’ve already discussed, plasterboard is made from gypsum. When gypsum is mixed with general waste, it could create toxic gases. As such, plasterboard needs to be separated from general mixed waste. There would be some side effects, however, if you were to have prolonged exposure to plasterboard fibres and/or dust, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Nausea
  • Tearing up
  • Headaches
  • Loss of sleep
  • Potential breathing issues for asthma sufferers

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How can I dispose of plasterboard?

When it comes to disposing of plasterboard at home, there are things you will need to consider. The first thing is that you absolutely cannot put it into your general waste bin. If you want to get rid of plasterboard then take it to your local recycling centre. If you have a considerable amount of plasterboard that you’re wanting to get rid of, then you should talk to a waste management company. 

Here at Willshee’s, we’re fully-certified to collect and dispose of a variety of different materials, including plasterboard. You’ll always be provided with a waste transfer note when waste is collected for your absolute peace of mind. No matter what you’re looking to get rid of, whether it be plasterboard, textiles, cardboard and anything in between, our team of experts will always be on hand to help.

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Willshee’s is pleased to collect your waste plasterboard from your home or commercial premises. In addition to plasterboard, there’s a wealth of other materials that we will collect and recycle. For further information about our domestic and/or commercial waste management services we have on offer, get in touch with a member of our dedicated, professional team today – we’re always pleased to hear from you.

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