Understanding what to do when it comes to plasterboard and skips

Plasterboard is a material that results in a lot of confusion when people need to dispose of it. One of the issues people have is they don’t know whether they can throw it in a skip. The reason for this stems from the fact that once upon a time, you could do just that in certain instances. However, now it is not the case. The change is because of claims of dangers surrounding the material. So, if you were looking for skip hire in Lincoln and wanted to put plasterboard in it, you will need to make other arrangements.

The harm it can cause

plasterboardPlasterboard, or drywall, is basically an inner layer of a mineral known as “gypsum” which is sandwiched between lining paper. Typically, the sulphate within gypsum alone is not dangerous. However, there is a danger and it comes from when plasterboard becomes damp and mixes with other waste. This is when it starts to break down and can come in contact with other things found in landfill. Then, hydrogen sulphide gas can be created and released, which can be deadly.


We recognise our responsibility when it comes to complying with UK legislation along with ensuring the safety of others. From our customers to drivers as well as the rest of the public, we know it is crucial to take measures to stop people from inhaling these toxic and corrosive fumes.

The rules for the material and its disposal

UK legislation has changed more than once over the years in regards to plasterboard. In the past it was common for people to simply place it and other waste containing gypsum into a skip. However, research into safety meant a change so it is no longer acceptable.

It has been the case since April of 2009 that items which contain gypsum need to remain separate from biodegradable waste at standard landfill sites. Because gypsum is the main raw material in plasterboard, this rule applies to it.

What to do with your waste

skip hire LincolnWhile the regulations mean you cannot put plasterboard in a skip with all your other waste, you can still dispose of it. Rather, you should keep it separate from your other materials. You should inform us if you have plasterboard you want to get rid of. If this is the case, we will supply you with tonne sacks with your skip. This will help ensure you keep everything segregated, and it will make the job much easier.

Skip hire in Lincoln

Do not hesitate to get in touch with us here at LRCS if you have any questions about our services. We can tell you more about our work and make sure you get the most for your money. We make it easy to book skip hire in Lincoln and will arrange everything for you.