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Plasterboard recyclers call on EA to get their act together

Recyclers from the plasterboard industry have called on the Environment Agency (EA) to get its act together over the material.

More than 50 people from all parts of the industry packed into the conference room at The Building Centre, London, on July 26 to discuss how to move plasterboard recycling forward.

While every aspect of this waste was discussed in facilitated break-out sessions the key message was about the attitude of the regulator.

Mike Watson of the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) summed up the feelings of the sessions that a clear policy was needed from the EA on what was and wasn't allowed to be recycled and encouragement of a clear culture to foster more recycling.

The event was a stakeholder forum marking the launch by the Waste and Resources Action Programme of a 3 year push into raising plasterboard recycling rates.

There is a three-way split in plasterboard between manufacture, distribution/building sites, and demolition in producing 1 to 1.5 million tonnes of plasterboard waste per year.

Domestic/DIY waste ads an unknown further amount.

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