Pay here for asbestos and plasterboard before you go
Arrangements for Somerset recycling centres that take asbestos, plasterboard and related materials: –
Pay now for asbestos and plasterboard – click here.
If you want to take asbestos and plasterboard to a recycling centre you must pay before you go. The new payment system makes it quick and easy to make your payment.
After payment is received online, you will be issued a receipt and – for asbestos – must then contact one of the seven sites that accept it to arrange a visit when there is adequate skip space.
If you have queries about payments or need to discuss arrangements, please contact Somerset Waste Partnership during normal office hours. Staff at Recycling Centres are unable to handle payments for these materials.
Please note and follow the guidelines for disposing of these materials, given when you make your payment.
Both materials require special handing – asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACM) as a significant health hazard, plasterboard and plaster due to serious pollution risks – and are complex and costly to treat. Somerset’s asbestos is landfilled and plasterboard recycled.
Unlike asbestos, plasterboard and plaster are safe to handle but cannot be landfilled as it reacts with buried organic material to create toxic and climate changing gases.
You do not need to book a recycling site visit to deposit plasterboard or plaster but should pay in advance, then go to one of the 11 sites that take plasterboard and show the receipt to site staff before unloading. Plasterboard and plaster waste should be free from contamination prior to taking it to the recycling centre. Remove all wood, masonry, tiles and fixings and dispose of these separately. (Charges may apply).
We encourage those with excess plasterboard or plaster to save money and materials by recycling them through their supplier, or to sell or give them away.
Collections of asbestos and ACM from residents – which must, as always, be sealed in plastic in advance – are available for the treatment cost plus a fixed collection fee. To pay and arrange that, click here.
Check here for a guide to ACM items manufactured before asbestos ceased to be used, from storage heaters and insulation materials to floor tiles, fire blankets and flues. (Payment required from 4 April 2016).
Businesses can pay to deposit plasterboard or plaster at some recycling sites – click here for details – but business deposits of asbestos cannot be accepted.