Gypsum reprocessors in the UK and Ireland have come together to improve recycling rates for plasterboard waste. The new trade body is called the Gypsum Re-processors Association UK & Ireland (GRAUKI).
GRAUKI said that it will speak with a single voice on issues affecting gypsum recycling, such as “seeking out alternative sustainable solutions for gypsum waste… to capture greater volumes of otherwise wasted gypsum, help to preserve raw materials and discourage irresponsible disposal by rogue traders”.
It said it will do this by contributing to legislation, setting up sector steering groups, and engaging with the Environment Agency, Defra and WRAP as a cohesive group.
“The association believes that a combined approach will help to clear the way for effective lobbying and promotion of the industry as a whole, membership of the association will also prove to be an indicator to existing and future customers of the credentials of each member.”
Bob Curd, the chair of GRAUKI said: “We have received positive responses from the Environment Agency, Defra,WRAP, the GPDA [Gypsum Products Development Association] and the plasterboard manufacturers.”
GRAUKI has six members with two full and one associate membership pending.
- New West Gypsum Recycling (UK) Ltd
- Roy Hatfield Ltd
- Arrow Gypsum Recycling
- Baron Recycling Ltd (Ireland)