Drywall or Sheetrock makes up approximately 30% of the debris of a standard modern home.
How do I go green?
Carefully evaluate the necessity of the job before undertaking a new home renovation or demolition project.
There is limited scope to reuse sheets of drywall, as it will be marked with nail or screw holes and cut to make openings for outlets and switches; however, some pieces could be used for patching jobs.
The facilities below will accept gypsum drywall for recycling. It is banned from the garbage at the landfill, but accepted in designated drywall bin at participating locations. The gypsum and paper will be separated and reused or recycled for a variety of purposes including composting or manufacturing new sheets of drywall.
Note: As of September 4th, 2012, Drywall is no longer be accepted for recycling at Hartland due to WorkSafe BC health and safety regulations. Drywall is banned from the garbage at Hartland. For information on the health risks associated with this material please visit WorkSafe BC's website.
Alpine Disposal & Recycling
1045 Dunford Avenue
DL's Recycling Centre
6844 Oldfield Road
Enter at 524 David Street
H.L. Disposal & Lawn Services Ltd.
334 Hillside Avenue
The Environmental Story
Drywall is a lightweight, easy to install, building finishing product made of paper with a gypsum core. If disposed of in a landfill the gypsum may react with the bacteria in the landfill resulting in the release of odorous and dangerous hydrogen sulphide gas. Gypsum is a naturally occurring mined mineral, the reuse or recycling of drywall can help prevent further depletion of gypsum stocks. Some drywall contains asbestos. Don’t bury any drywall in your yard or within your walls.
Did You Know?
Drywall that is collected for recycling is shipped to New West Gypsum's recycling facility on the lower mainland. There it is pulverized to separate the core material from the paper backing. The clean gypsum core material is then sold back to manufacturers as new drywall. New wallboards typically contain about 15 - 20 percent recycled content.
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toll-free: 1.800.663.4425 #3030
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