Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
You will need a Part B pollution prevention and control (PPC) permit if you use gypsum that is a by-product of another activity, and your process includes:
If you receive or recycle damaged plasterboard or other plaster products for reprocessing, you may need a permit, licence or to register an exemption.
You may qualify for a waste exemption if you manufacture plasterboard from waste that consists of paper or gypsum.
The exemption references are:
If you have an exemption, you must comply with the exemption conditions.
You must register this exemption with your environmental regulator.
You must still ensure that your activity does not:
Because they contain high levels of sulphate, you must separate plaster, plasterboard and other gypsum products from your general wastes.
You must dispose of non-hazardous gypsum-based materials in landfills for non-hazardous waste, in cells where there is no biodegradable waste. You must dispose of gypsum-based materials that are classified as hazardous waste in hazardous waste landfills.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Read more on the DAERA website
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