Plasterboard (Gypsum)

Plasterboard gypsum waste cannot be disposed of as general waste. There is a total ban on the disposal of plasterboard waste at mixed waste landfills. As such, in order to responsibly dispose of waste plasterboard in a legally compliant manner, RTS Waste Management can provide a plasterboard recycling service.

With a plasterboard waste management service from RTS, plasterboard is 100% recycled. The materials are processed into gypsum powder, back into new manufacturing. So if you are searching for a registered Carrier, Broker, Dealer – Upper Tier to provide a dedicated waste management service for your waste plasterboard, call the RTS Waste Management team today on 0207 232 1711.

Plasterboard Recycling From RTS Waste Management.

As there is a total ban on the disposal of plasterboard waste at mixed waste landfills, a dedicated service is required. The previous 10% rule no longer exists and as such plasterboard recycling services are now needed in order to dispose of this material.

This change in regulations also applies to other items of waste which contain gypsum-based materials. In addition to plasterboard, this includes materials such as thermal laminates, glass reinforced gypsum (GRG), plasters, cove and ceiling tiles.

If gypsum waste is sent to landfill, it must be deposited in a separate monocell. However, in the UK there are relatively few monocells designed to take high sulphate wastes (such as gypsum). As such this method of disposal is likely to lead to higher costs; at RTS Waste Management we advise that landfill should only be used as a last resort. Instead look to a professional waste management service that is dedicated to recycling waste plasterboard.

Is Plasterboard Gypsum Waste Considered Hazardous Waste?


Whilst the material is classified as non-hazardous and in most circumstances the sulphate in plasterboard does not pose a threat, there is a potential risk when the material breaks down in landfills. It is possible that whilst breaking down, hydrogen sulphide gas could be created and released.

Hydrogen sulphide is a very dangerous gas; it is poisonous, corrosive, and flammable. 252 million years ago, the most severe extinction event in the Earth’s history (The Permian-Triassic extinction event) is thought to have been caused by a build-up of this dangerous gas in the atmosphere.

What Does The Environmental Agency Say About Plasterboard Waste?

If you need to dispose of waste plasterboard, it is very important to dispose of it in a responsible and legally compliant manner. The Environmental Agency states the following:

  • There is a total ban on the disposal of plasterboard waste at mixed waste landfills.
  • The previous 10% rule is gone; the regulations are valid for any amount of plasterboard waste. A zero tolerance policy will be applied.
  • Obligation for Household Waste Recycling Centres, construction & demolition contractors and transfer/sorting facilities to segregate plasterboard waste.
  • Obligation to try to recycle and treat as much of the waste as possible.

What Waste Services Are Available To Segregate Plasterboard Waste?

In order to responsibly dispose of waste plasterboard, RTS Waste Management will arrange separate containers for all items of plasterboard waste, whether it is a Roll On Roll Off, Skip, Wheeled Bin, or Sacks.
However, with regards to plasterboard disposal and recycling, we recommend the jumbo bag waste solution. A jumbo bag is a 1 cubic metre bag that is as cheap as £5. However, this bag can hold up to 200kg of plasterboard. If you select this option for plasterboard waste disposal, a separate Waste Transfer Note (WTN) will be issued for this waste to confirm Duty of Care is followed and the waste material will be recycled appropriately at a licensed end destination.

Plasterboard Waste Is Easy To Recycle.

When properly segregated and disposed of through a dedicated recycling service for plasterboard, waste plasterboard is easily recyclable. When this material is recycled, 94% of the waste is sent back to the Gypsum manufacturer, this can be used to make new plasterboard. However, recycled gypsum powder has other uses. For example:

  • It is a key ingredient in cement.
  • It can be used as an alternative material to make blocks and bricks.
  • It can be used in the growing of mushrooms.
  • The powder can improve soil quality for farmers.

Plasterboard Recycling Services From RTS Waste Management.

If you are searching for a responsible waste disposal solution for plasterboard gypsum waste, get in touch with the RTS Waste Management team and enquire about our plasterboard recycling services. Our waste disposal solutions provide businesses with a waste disposal method to ensure that they can achieve the zero tolerance policy set by the Environmental Agency.

If you choose to dispose of your waste through RTS Waste Management, you can enjoy the following:

  • A real-time tracking of all vehicles allows reliable scheduled collections.
  • Recycle Reports.
  • Data for Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) can be provided in collaboration with Construction Operators.
  • Services can be booked for 24 hours 7 days a week.
  • The RTS Transport department is available for booking from 08:00am to 17:00pm. Call 0207 232 1711 or email if an existing customer email order@rtswaste.co.uk.
  • All Waste Materials collected is treated at our Waste Transfer Stations in London, Kent and Somerset. Reuse, Recycle and Recovery of waste is optimised through processing at our Material Recovery Facility. See our Recycling Section for further information.

If You Have Any Questions Or If You Would Like To Make An Enquiry, Please Contact Our Team Today.

If you are interested in any of the waste management services that are available from RTS Waste Management such as a recycling service for plasterboard, or plasterboard compaction services, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of staff.

Additionally, if you have any questions or if you would like to make an enquiry, our friendly and dedicated team will be happy to provide you with advice and assistance.

If you would like to speak to a member of staff, you can call us on 0207 232 1711. However, if you prefer to request a call back, please fill out our contact form at the bottom of this page.

You can also contact the RTS team online. If you would like to send us an email, please send your enquiry to info@rtswaste.co.uk.