New research shows that plasterboard recycling from office refurbishments is commercially viable.
The research, funded by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) found that plasterboard recycling was cost-effective, as existing site practice would be enough to ensure no cross-contamination.The report also found that even recycling small quantities of plasterboard was cost-effective. Examining 13 sites across London, the research looked at different ways to recycle the material.Overall, recycling plasterboard could be done cheaply -through simply separating then storing it in a separate pile for collection.Dave Marsh, construction project officer at WRAP, said, 'Plasterboard waste has generally been considered a low value material, but with waste disposal costs steadily rising, WRAP is developing plasterboard recycling as an alternative to landfill disposal. Until now, it was believed that collection issues prevented refurbishment companies from becoming actively involved in recycling. It's heartening to see that these trials have demonstrated the clear viability for contractors to recycle plasterboard waste from refurbishment sites of all sizes.'