Disposal of plasterboard and plaster
Since April 4 2016 there is a charge to deposit plasterboard and plaster at the sites which accept these materials (see below). Payment must be made on-line prior to taking plasterboard or plaster for recycling.
Please see the notes below before you pay to recycle your plasterboard or plaster waste.
Facilities for the recycling of plasterboard and plaster are available at these sites: Bridgwater, Chard, Crewkerne, Dulverton, Frome, Highbridge, Street, Taunton, Wells (Dulcote), Williton and Yeovil.
The charge for treatment of plasterboard is £4 per sheet or equivalent sack of plasterboard or plaster, with payment by credit or debit card online. Minimum order: one sheet or sack, maximum disposal is 36 sheets or 36 standard rubble bags of plasterboard or plaster.
You must show your payment receipt to site staff before you unload your vehicle and site staff will direct you to the appropriate container to deposit of your plaster or plasterboard waste. 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).
Do not attempt to dispose of more material than you have paid for.
Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) set up the new system to encourage reuse, resale or return to supplier as alternatives to disposal and to prevent unauthorised use of recycling sites for commercial waste, while also ensuring that the full costs of treatment are met.
Plasterboard and plaster are gypsum based materials used in building and construction works. This is not a hazardous material to handle or transport but require separate recycling to cut toxic pollution. Anyone with excess plasterboard or plaster can save money and materials by recycling them through their supplier, or sell or give them away for reuse.
Plasterboard was banned from general landfill in 2009, as it breaks down to produce toxic and odorous gases and leachate when mixed with bio-degradable waste.
For information on the facilities available for commercial businesses see our Business Recycling Sites page.