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Recycled material grows for plasterboard use

Currently only 18% recycled material can be used in plasterboard production, but steps are being taken to increase this in line with growing collections.

British Gypsum has pioneered recycling of the waste stream in the UK and its efforts were recognised at the recent Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication Supplier of the Year Awards where the company won top place in the sustainability category.

The company works with customers at every stage of construction projects, from developing site specifications that minimise waste production to the handling of waste to improve safety.

Arrangements are also made for the segregation and storage of plasterboard scrap before a collection and recycling service is utilised.

British Gypsum corporate communications manager Paul Smith said: Volumes have grown significantly since the service was first introduced in 2001. We now have two dedicated recycling plants, at East Leake in Leicestershire and Robertsbridge in East Sussex that handle plasterboard waste.

The companys clients are major national and regional housebuilders and main contractors, with regulations meaning that the numbers of these will increase, bringing an ever growing supply of material.

Smith added: Plasterboard waste recycling will increase as landfill legislation gets tougher, costs increase and clients strive to improve environmental credentials.

Our only major constraint on volume is the amount of recycled material that we can feed back into the production process without affecting the quality or properties of the board. Currently we can re-feed around 18% recycled material, but we are working to increase this.

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