Plasterboard (wallboard, gypsum board, or gyprock) is a panel made of gypsum plaster pressed between two thick sheets of paper.
When gypsum is mixed with biodegradable waste in a landfill, it can produce hydrogen sulphide gas, which is both toxic and odorous. Although plasterboard is not classified as a Hazardous Waste the Environment Agency has banned its disposal alongside biodegradable waste since 2009.
Bywaters provides customers with containers or bags to ensure that plasterboard can be easily separated on-site and identified when it arrives at our recycling facilities.
This material is then processed in our dedicated plasterboard facility and delivered to the British Gypsum where it is used as part of the feedstock in the manufacture of new board.