How I Saved £60 Pounds Whilst Disposing Of Plasterboard Legally – Yes I saved £ 60
By Not Using the Council Recycling Centre!
I had 10 sheets of 8 X 4 foot plasterboard which I had to dispose of when dismantling an internal garage wall. I contacted South Hams District Council and was told the Tor Quarry Waste Management Site was where I had to take the plasterboard. The cost was £2.50 per sheet.
The problem was my small Suzuki Carry Van could not take the sheets whole. I had to cut them up. 10 sheets suddenly became 20 plus. I asked if the fact that they were whole sheets I had been forced to cut up would allow them to charge me 10 x £2.50 ie £25. Alas, no was the reply, each individual sheet counted for £2.50. As well as the 10 sheets I had several smaller pieces so I was liable to a charge of £2.50 on each and on the number I had it would make a total of over £80. No amount of reasoning would change the £2.50 per sheet rule.
Now I started to consider a skip for this rubbish removal and was shocked by how much a skip now costs. I appreciate From 1 April 2009, gypsum and plasterboard cannot be sent to landfill mixed with biodegradable waste. However arranging for disposal of a small amount of plasterboard should not be as costly as this. I looked at Hippo Bags and other forms of commercial waste disposal but I just could not justify the expense.
I will be honest I did consider doing what a lot of people have admitted to in forums on the internet and that is to cut the board up and hide it in the general waste.
I decided after 30 years of being a Policeman I just could not do it!
It was during one of my many discussions with South Hams District Council that one young lady helpfully suggested a private waste disposal firm operating from the same location at Tor Quarry might be able to help.
I put in a telephone call to Cuming Containers where they advised me they took plasterboard based on weight and not by the number of sheets. This made much more sense. After holding a sheet of 8 x 4 on the bathroom scales I calculated I had about 195 kilos which at £90 per tonne meant my small little van load would come in under their £20 minimum charge.
So off I went in my little van to Cuming Containers. Now their site was not very pretty, swamped in mud and rain flood water, but the staff were very helpful and even helped me unload the van. All this for a charge of £20.
How I Saved £60 Pounds Whilst Disposing Of Plasterboard Legally