Recycling dry wall is a relatively new process, but it has been implemented successfully in a number of locations. Drywall can be recycled into new building material, which can then be reused in homes and businesses, thereby preventing the annual disposal of thousands of tons of waste in landfills. Recycling drywall not only prevents waste from being thrown away in landfills but also saves the energy that would have been used to produce new drywall.
How can I recycle drywall?
Large recycling companies typically handle the recycling of dry wall because they have the equipment necessary to crush or otherwise reduce materials to their component parts so that those parts can be reused. This includes the gypsum board as well as other metal components like screws and nails that have a plastic resin coating applied to them.
If you are looking for a local source of recycled drywall, one place you could check is the recycling department of your community. This department may have connections with local recyclers. Unfortunately, the recycling of drywall has not yet reached a widespread level, and certain brands of drywall cannot be recycled.
Check to see if the recycling centre in your area has information on whether or not it is able to take your drywall, and for more information, talk to a recycling expert at the nearest Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).
Which varieties of drywall can be reused or repurposed?
It is typically possible to successfully recycle the majority of gypsum wallboard that has been installed within the past ten years. It is possible that some older boards will also go through the process; however, this will be determined by the specifications of the manufacturer as well as the types of materials that the facility accepts as recyclable. Plaster and lathe-and-plaster are the only types that should not be recycled, in our opinion.
If you are unsure about the type of board that was used in the construction of your home, you should ask a contractor who was involved in the renovation or construction of your house. This contractor may be aware of the variations of board that were used in the building of your home.
How much drywall can be recycled?
The quantity of drywall you have will be determined by the size of your home or building, as well as the frequency with which renovations or new construction are carried out. During its lifetime, the typical American household only has around 10-15 pounds of drywall per square foot, but a renovation could produce as much as 30 pounds per square foot. Facilities need to accept material that is clean and free of contamination in order to reuse the majority of the materials they receive at their recycling plant.
Recycling dry wall is an excellent way to lessen the impact that building materials have on the environment and save money by reusing something that would have otherwise been considered waste. Contact your neighbourhood recycling centre for more information on how to recycle drywall; however, it is possible that this can only be done in large-scale recycling facilities that accept a wide variety of recyclable materials.
Is it therefore worthwhile to recycle drywall? That is dependant on how you look at things. Recycling is the best option to take if you want to prevent waste from being dumped in landfills and cut down on the emissions that are produced by hauling it. If, on the other hand, you are concerned about the amount of energy and water needed to recycle gypsum or the strength of recycled boards, you might want to think about alternatives such as reusing or repurposing existing boards instead.