Skip to main content Skip to accessibility
This website is not compatible with your web browser. You should install a newer browser. If you live in Jersey and need help upgrading call the States of Jersey web team on 440099.
Government of

Information and public services for the Island of Jersey

L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

  • Choose the service you want to log in to:


    Update your notification preferences


    Access government services


    Clear goods through customs or claim relief

  • Talentlink

    View or update your States of Jersey job application

Plasterboard recycling initiative introduced

10 March 2014

A trial initiative is being launched from Monday 7 April which will see the building industry's waste being turned into compost for the agricultural industry.

From 7 April, Transport and Technical Services (TTS) will only accept clean plasterboard at a dedicated area of La Collette commercial green waste composting site. Around 95% of plasterboard is gypsum, which contains nutrients that farmers say are needed. Waste plasterboard will be shredded, mixed with green waste to create a gypsum-enhanced compost, and supplied to Jersey's agricultural industry.

Currently, TTS accepts all plasterboard and then pays for it to be cleaned before exporting it to the UK for recycling. Under the new policy, businesses that deliver plasterboard that contains contaminants such as foam and foil backing will have their loads rejected at La Collette and will be expected to have it cleaned themselves.

Emma Richardson-Calladine, Recycling Manager, TTS said "Recycling local waste plasterboard into a product that has a local benefit is extremely exciting and demonstrates how waste is a resource rather than rubbish. However, the success of this trial depends on the building industry as we will only be able to use clean plasterboard and unfortunately if we are unable to collect plasterboard that is free of foam and foil backing, we will have to revert to exporting plasterboard for specialist recycling and implementing the original charge."

Cost of plasterboard waste

At the moment, businesses pay £13.42 per tonne, regardless of whether the plasterboard is clean or dirty. From 7 April, TTS will extend the commercial green waste charge of £19 per tonne (including GST) to plasterboard.

However, if the trial is unsuccessful and TTS returns to exporting plasterboard, then the previously advertised plasterboard recycling charge of £101.40 per tonne (including GST) will be introduced. The higher figure is a more accurate reflection of the cost of cleaning and exporting the waste.

The use of recycled plasterboard gypsum as a soil conditioner is already common practice in the UK and indications from the work TTS has carried out with various States of Jersey departments and the agricultural industry are extremely positive. The trial will continue until the end of May when TTS will review the feasibility of finding a long term local solution to plasterboard recycling.

Back to top
rating button