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Updated recycled gypsum from Waste Plasterboard

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The end of waste Quality Protocol (QP) for Recycled Gypsum from Waste Plasterboard has been revised. The new document updates the original QP developed by the Environment Agency, together with the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), Northern Ireland Environment Agency and industry representatives, and which was first published in 2009.

The revised QP is applicable immediately in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The QP allows the use of recycled gypsum from waste plasterboard as a raw material in the manufacture of new gypsum-based construction products (for example, plasterboard and coving) and in the manufacture of cement. Unlike the previous version, the QP does not include end of waste criteria for use of reprocessed gypsum as a soil treatment agent for agricultural benefit (landspreading). This is because it has not been possible to demonstrate that the risk of using reprocessed gypsum on agricultural land without waste controls is acceptable.

Gypsum from waste plasterboard can be used for agricultural benefit as long as waste controls are followed in accordance with the relevant standard rules permit SR2010 No.4 (Mobile plant for landspreading), supported by the appropriate waste analysis for proposed deployments.

The QP requires that plasterboard has been processed in accordance with the British Standards Institution’s PAS 109: Specification for the production of recycled gypsum from waste plasterboard. However, it should be noted that conformance with PAS 109 does not in itself provide end of waste status.

The revised gypsum QP can be found at:

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