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.
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