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Our guide to plasterboard disposal for DIY enthusiasts and local builders

If you’re using your time in lockdown to undertake some much needed DIY projects, or perhaps you’re continuing to carry out essential work in the building trade, you may find yourself in need of plasterboard disposal.

Disposing of plasterboard waste isn’t as simple as placing it into the skip you’re already using or taking it to your local tip for free disposal. There are legislations in place to govern the disposal of plasterboard that everyone must adhere to, whether you’re a business or individual.

What is the legislation around plasterboard disposal?

Back in 2009, European legislation around the disposal of plasterboard was changed meaning plasterboard could no longer be landfilled within mixed waste. This change means that all producer(s) of plasterboard waste must separate this waste type from any other wastes they have produced, and also ensure it is disposed of correctly at a licenced disposal facility, such as Southwood Recycling Centre in Somerset.

Did you know? As the waste producer, if you choose to use a local waste collection service it is your responsibility to ensure that they are a licensed waste carrier and they dispose of your waste legally.

You can read the full legislation on the Environment Agency’s website.

What options are available for plasterboard disposal?

Although plasterboard disposal comes with responsibilities, there are a number of established plasterboard disposal methods available to ensure that you remain compliant and your waste is disposed of safely and in accordance with legislation.

To help you to choose the best plasterboard disposal solution, it may help to start by answering two simple questions, which are: 

  1. Do I need the waste collected or am I happy to transport it to a disposal facility? Remember, if you are using a waste collection service they must be licensed to transport and dispose of your waste. Locally we work with and recommend Avon Material Supplies.
  2. How much plasterboard waste will I need to dispose of?

Answering these questions will help you to identify which of the common solutions outlined below would be best for you.

Skip bags
Being much smaller than a skip, but still large and strong enough to hold up to 1 tonne of plasterboard waste, skip bags are an extremely convenient plasterboard disposal method. This is especially true for domestic users who may not have much driveway space or tradesmen who carry out property maintenance/repairs or small renovations .

For the building trade where multiple waste types are being produced, utilising a skip bag for plasterboard disposal can also be a cost-saving solution. We recommend hiring a mixed waste skip for the majority of your waste, and a skip bag for the plasterboard. This is cost-effective because it avoids the need to hire separate skips for mixed waste and plasterboard.

We have an established relationship with AMS Bag Services, local skip bag providers, simply contact them to order a delivery of an empty skip bag and then ring them when it’s full. They’ll collect the bag of plasterboard from you and transport it to our recycling centre in Wimborne for compliant disposal. To learn more, please visit: amsskipbags.co.uk.

Disposal at your household waste recycling centre (HWRC)
Most HWRCs do take separated plasterboard waste, but not for free like other waste types. The price of plasterboard disposal is usually charged at a per bag or per sheet basis, which can make disposing of larger volumes of plasterboard expensive when compared to a local commercial tip. To help you out, below are links to the plasterboard tipping prices in Bournemouth in Poole.

*These links are to 3rd party websites so we cannot be responsible for the accuracy of the content or prices provided.

Disposal at a licenced commercial waste disposal site
If you or your business produces regular amounts of plasterboard waste or you have one large amount to dispose of you may prefer to use a licenced recycling facility such as Canford Recycling Centre in Wimborne, or Southwood Trade Waste Recycling Centre in Somerset.

In addition to competitive tipping prices, users will benefit from easy access, wide roads with a number turning spots and use of an automated weighbridge allowing for a quicker turnaround and accuracy calculation of disposal charges.

Plasterboard waste collections
If you would like your waste collected, our friends at Avon Material Supplies (AMS) have been helping businesses legally dispose of their plasterboard waste for many years in a couple of ways:

  • Plasterboard skip hire – AMS can transport a dedicated plasterboard skip to your business premises, home or site. They offer flexible hire periods, so once the project is complete or the skip is full, simply give them a call to arrange a collection or skip exchange.
    As tempting as it may be, do not try to hide your plasterboard waste in with other waste types. Although you may think it’s unnoticeable in the middle of your mixed waste skip, when it’s processed the plasterboard will be uncovered and you could face additional charges and/or prosecution.
  • Grab lorry hire service – If you’ve produced a lot of plasterboard waste that you want gone quickly, a grab lorry is the best choice for you. They have 3 sizes of grab lorry in their roster, so give them a call on 01202 579 579 to confirm which is best suited for your job or for a quote.

Whichever option you choose, your waste will make its way over to us at Commercial Recycling for processing.

Helpful advice always available

If you’re unsure of how much plasterboard waste you have to dispose of or which method of disposal would be best suited to your needs and budget, please call our friendly team on 01202 331560.

Our team of waste disposal experts are always happy to offer advice over the phone and if required may be able to visit your site or home to provide further guidance.

Our plasterboard recycling sites

We have two fully licensed commercial waste recycling centres that are able to recycle and dispose of plasterboard waste in compliance with legislation:

Canford Recycling Centre
Arena Way
Magna Road
Wimborne
Dorset
BH21 3BW

T: 01202 331560
Visit the Canford page

Southwood Trade Waste Recycling Centre
Evercreech
Shepton Mallet
Somerset
BA46LX

T:01749 830889
Visit the Southwood page

For more information, visit our main plasterboard disposal webpage.

 

How to dispose of your construction waste in Somerset

Somerset commercial waste disposal

Coronavirus update: we remain operational for essential businesses who require disposal facilities, for the latest update please see: https://www.commercialrecycling.co.uk/index.php/coronavirus-update/ or call 01202 331560. 

The UK construction industry has come a long way with its recycling initiatives, but with a little planning, we can do even more. The key is smart construction waste disposals, and for businesses based in Somerset; Southwood trade waste and recycling centre could be the solution.

Whether it’s from packaging or building materials used in a project, construction waste in many industries is inevitable. It is often underestimated and can be an expensive cost if not disposed of correctly. In 2016, 61% of waste generated in the UK was from the construction, demolition, and excavation industries (66.2 million tonnes of waste). However, these industries also managed to recover 60.2 million tonnes of this waste, which equates to 91% of this total. This means that, despite the UK’s high output of demolition and construction waste, our reuse and recycling processes are impressive.

Benefits of managing your construction waste correctly

To help maintain the high levels of recycling being achieved and to reduce how much waste we send to landfills, your business needs to understand how to manage its waste correctly. This is crucial in order to help the UK construction industry to minimise its environmental impact and the demands it places on our landfills.

In doing so, you’ll also improve your business’s sustainability, safety and cost-efficiency. Here are some of the added benefits of good construction waste management:

  • Compliance – Under The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011, it is a legal requirement for businesses to control their waste. This applies to any business that produces, imports or exports, carries or transports, keeps or stores, treats, or disposes of waste.
  • High standards of health and safety Proper waste handling protects your workers and members of the public from accidents. For example, leaving waste around that could fall onto people or cause a trip is a hazard and can result in a legal claim against your company.
  • Reduced costs Correct construction waste management reduces costs in several ways. You can reduce costs by reusing materials and you can prevent paying twice for a material; firstly when it goes to waste and secondly when paying to have it removed. Also, by segregating mixed waste into single waste streams and disposing of each of them separately, you will reduce the amount of mixed waste being disposed, which is the most expensive when it comes to disposal.
  • Improved reputation Businesses that demonstrate they’re doing their part for the environment will develop a positive reputation, which improves their relationships with customers and clients. It can even help you gain opportunities with government-funded projects, which often require certain standards of waste management to be in place.

Types of construction waste

Construction, demolition, and excavation sites all generate various types of waste, which The Waste Regulations 2011 requires you to properly manage and dispose of. The bulk of construction waste comes from inert wastes, which include:

  • Concrete, bricks, tiles, cement, and ceramics
  • Soil, stones, rubble and dredging

Other common materials include:

  • Plasterboard waste
  • Wood
  • Glass and uPVC
  • Metallic waste (such as pipes)

Did you know that Commercial Recycling can accept hazardous wastes at their disposal facility in Dorset, for more information please call 01202 331560

As well as having a positive impact on the environment, disposing of your construction waste correctly can help reduce your costs considerably. Waste can often account for 2-3% of construction cost, impacting significantly on profit margins and if not disposed of correctly, can incur heavy fines. Read this article: Waste firm ordered to pay more than £1.2m for waste offences.

Commercial Recycling is committed to helping businesses achieve sustainable waste management solutions that are cost effective and we currently recycle over 80% of all the waste we receive. 

It is also worth noting that virtually all the inert wastes received at Canford Recycling Centre are recovered, recycled and manufactured into various construction aggregates that are used extensively in the Dorset area.  

“We  believe our clients choose our sites because as an organisation we are committed to affordable waste solutions that ensure high recovery and recycling levels.” Stuart Mariner, Sales Manager, Commercial Recycling.

Our Somerset waste disposal and recycling site

Our Somerset waste recycling centre in Evercreech near Shepton Mallet in Somerset is a licensed disposal facility, which is open to businesses, tradesmen and contractors. The site is easily accessed via the A371 and benefits of this facility include:

  • Convenient opening hours: Mon – Fri 7:30am – 5pm
  • Inert tipping facility
  • Hard standing surface throughout the site
  • Licensed to accept multiple waste streams (please see below)
  • Automated dual weighbridge

Our Somerset trade waste and recycling centre is chosen by many local construction companies because we accept a wide range of waste streams including:

If you’re working in Somerset on a project with demolition, excavation or construction waste, ensure you take steps to reduce your landfill costs. Contact Commercial Recycling today on 01749 830889 and we will assist you.

Did you know we also have a recycling centre in Dorset? Based in Wimborne, near Bournemouth, our site accepts all sorts of waste including WEEE and hazardous waste. Customers visiting the Wimborne Recycling Centre are also able to pick up a wide range of aggregates that are produced by the state-of-the-art facilities onsite, and are able to order hazardous waste disposal boxes for the safe and compliant collection and disposal of small amounts of hazardous waste.

Get in touch to book your construction waste disposals with Commercial Recycling or follow our Facebook page for regular updates on our services, offers and operating hours.

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