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Why Plasterboard Can’t Be Put in a Skip

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When you hire a skip, it is important that you understand what you can and cannot place in there. After all, some items have strict regulations in place that determine how they must be disposed of. In fact, one of those items is plasterboard. In order to educate our readers and ensure that they don’t make the mistake of filling their skip with plasterboard, we have decided to go over the basics of why this material isn’t skip safe…


Plasterboard is a gypsum material that has the potential to release dangerous gases into the atmosphere when it is not disposed correctly. In fact, scientists have found a correlation between these materials and increased levels of sulphate and hydrogen sulphide gases and as a result, the rules were changed.

Government Rules

In the past it was perfectly acceptable to place plasterboard inside a skip however the European legislation was introduced on April 1st 2009 that prohibited it from being disposed in landfill alongside general waste. Instead, plasterboard and other gypsum materials have to be taken to specialist recycling facilities that are able to dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way.


Although plasterboard can be damaging due to the gases that are released when it is breaks down in a landfill, it is perfect safe to work with and have installed inside a property. After all, the hydrogen sulphide gases that are released require years upon years of sitting around in a landfill in order to manifest.

Using your skip correctly is the best way to ensure that you are making an effective investment. After all, if you fill it with the wrong materials then the hire company is within their rights to refuse to take it and dispose of the contents. To find out more information about which items cannot be placed in a skip, get in contact with the best skip hire Manchester has got to offer today!

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