Plasterboard Sustainability Partnership


The following links are to relevant websites and information produced by other organisations that may be of interest.

UK Government/ Policy

Defra – Waste Strategy for England
EA Quality Protocol for production and use of waste gypsum from plasterboard
REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances)

Once fully recovered or recycled, substances cease to be waste and waste management controls no longer apply. REACH may potentially apply instead at that point. Recovery businesses are considered to be manufacturers under REACH, so may have registration obligations, unless certain exemptions apply. Further information on this and other processes relating to REACH is available from the website ( of the UK REACH Competent Authority.

Climate Change Agreement & levies

Improve manufacturing energy efficiency. Climate Change Agreements (CCAs) allow eligible energy-intensive business users to receive up to an 80 per cent discount from the Climate Change Levy (CCL) in return for meeting energy efficiency or carbon saving targets. Covers manufacture of gypsum products using Part A combustion plant. Sector targets were established with periodic review dates.

Emissions Trading Scheme

The EU Emissions Trading Scheme is one of the policies introduced across the European Union (EU) to help it meet its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target under the Kyoto Protocol. The scheme operates by the allocation and trading of greenhouse gas emissions allowances throughout the EU – one allowance represents one tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent. Each year, operators are required to ensure they have enough allowances to cover their installation’s emissions. They have the flexibility to buy additional allowances (on top of their free allocation), or to sell any surplus allowances generated from reducing their emissions. Regulated by the Environment Agency in the UK

WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme)

Published documents downloadable from

Plasterboard Capital Support Funding
Material flows and barriers to greater use of recycled plasterboard
Waste plasterboard market scoping study
Evaluation of plasterboard waste arising from the demolition sector
Recycling plasterboard waste from refurbishment sites
Capture of plasterboard waste on construction sites
Capture of plasterboard waste on construction & demolition sites
Plasterboard collection trials at household waste recycling centres
Plasterboard waste take-back using distributor reverse logistics
Publicly Available Specification for recycled gypsum
Plasterboard case studies


Published documents available from or as shown

Smartwaste system and benchmarking website

Site waste management planning and waste monitoring tool used by over 2600 companies. Plasterboard contractor bespoke version to provide monitoring for the contractor’s agreement under development. Benchmarks for plasterboard waste have also been produced for all main construction sectors – residential, commercial office, leisure, public buildings, education etc.

Green guide to specification

Updated in 2008, the Green Guide gives relative performances of various building elements and looks at a range of materials or products used in a number of elements (such as walls, floors, and roofs), assessing their overall impact, over a 60 year study period, in EcoPoints (weighted sum of 13 environmental impact criteria).

BREEAM – Why whole building life cycle assessment


CIRIA – Construction and demolition waste guidance

  • Demonstrating waste minimisation benefits in construction (C536)
  • Principles of design for deconstruction to facilitate reuse and recycling
  • Waste minimisation in construction – site guide
SEDA – Design and detailing for deconstruction