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Jewson venture helps make trade waste-savvy

Published:  21 July, 2009

COVENTRY: Following changes brought in on 1 April 2009, Jewson is working with the Environment Agency to make its customers aware of the correct way to dispose of plasterboard and plaster products.

Leaflets, jointly produced by Jewson and the Environment Agency, are currently available throughout the Jewson branch network. The leaflets explain to tradespeople how to dispose of products containing gypsum, how to find the nearest recycler and how recycling plasterboard products is much less expensive than sending them to landfill.

The Environment Agency has confirmed that gypsum waste that cannot be recycled must be deposited in a separate landfill cell with non-biodegradable waste.

The move is required by the Landfill Directive to encourage the reuse and recycling of the material which, in turn, reduces the level of toxic hydrogen sulphide gas that can be produced as a bi-product of landfilling gypsum.

Steve Millward, sustainability and quality director at Jewson, said: "The partnership with the Environment Agency provides an ideal platform from which to communicate to all of our customers the correct way to dispose of plasterboard products.

“Separating plasterboard waste from other wastes on site, regardless of the amount, is now a requirement that supports the sustainability agenda on many levels.” 

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