Bids have been invited by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) as it seeks to find a feasible and commercially viable alternative to conventional sources.
WRAPs plasterboard programme began in April 2005 with the remit of developing a number of initiatives aimed at supporting the segregation, collection and reprocessing of used plasterboard and the development of end market uses for the resulting recycled gypsum.
It is anticipated that this latest project will incorporate experimental development that will lead to full-scale operational trials in a typical cement production environment.
WRAP materials project manager for plasterboard Julian Cope said: We are already running a number of trials looking at different end uses for recycled plasterboard, and have been impressed by the quality of gypsum derived during reprocessing.
We have every confidence that the cement sector will likewise find this an attractive and competitive alternative to natural gypsum, and look forward to receiving some high quality tenders.
It is expected that the work will include key elements such as design, proposal and development of solutions to all identified barriers and environmental, economic, market and any other relevant assessments and analyses to specifically include savings in carbon emissions.
A full tender invitation document can be obtained from www.wrap.org.uk.