From 1st April 2009 it became illegal to mix gypsum and other high sulphate wastes with biodegradable waste in landfill in England and Wales. The mix produces toxic hydrogen sulphide gas.
The most common gypsum-based materials are plaster and plasterboard.
Staffordshire County Council still wants to support the public by accepting plaster or plasterboard from small DIY activities, even though strictly, according to legal Regulations, this material is not classified as household waste.
In Staffordshire, householders can still bring small amounts of gypsum waste to our Household Recycling Centres in Biddulph, Bilbrook, Burton, Cannock, Leek and Stafford
The maximum amount we can accept is limited to the equivalent of 4 large sheets approximately 6' by 2' or 4' by 3', or the equivalent in bags if broken up. Brickwork & tiles cannot be included with the plasterboard.
All plasterboard or plaster must be separated and clean, before coming on to a site. If it is attached to wallpaper or tiles, or contains any wire meshing, the load will not be accepted.
Sadly, traders try to get round the legal restrictions by posing as householders. To help us stop this unfair abuse we will record the amount of plaster or plasterboard brought onto site through the completion of a disclaimer form.
For further information and clarity on the policy, please contact us on 0300 111 8000.
For larger quantities from construction, demolition and renovation jobs householders must contact specialist licensed firms to handle that material. Details can be obtained from The Yellow Pages or by contacting the Environment Agency helpline on 08708 506506.