Limited Gypsum Recycling at Metro Vancouver Transfer Stations Limited Gypsum Recycling at Metro Vancouver Transfer Stations <div class="ExternalClassEBF099D0109E4C589B19CB7433725085"><p>There have been recent developments in how Metro Vancouver's <a href="/services/solid-waste/garbage-recycling/transfer-stations" target="_blank">waste transfer stations</a> are accepting gypsum (drywall) for recycling. </p><p>Gypsum is not accepted at any of the region's waste facilities as regular garbage. In the past, the transfer stations collected small amounts of gypsum, which was then transported to a local privately-run, licensed recycling facility.  Last November, that facility closed temporarily in part to assess worker safety. </p><p>The gypsum recycling facility recently re-opened with new requirements to protect their workers and customers from potential exposure to asbestos. </p><p>Metro Vancouver transfer stations currently accept only new gypsum for recycling.  This means off-cuts from new installation that has no tape, paint or mud. Customers delivering gypsum must complete and sign a form declaring the origin of the material and that it is new and does not contain asbestos. </p><p>These new requirements align with the requirements at the gypsum recycling facility and Worksafe BC.   These new requirements also align with new requirements at the <a href="http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/how-to-dispose-of-drywall.aspx" target="_blank">Vancouver South Transfer Station (VSTS) and Vancouver Landfill</a>. </p><p>Residents with gypsum that does not meet the above description can find a list of facilities or haulers that may accept it using <a href="http://www.metrovancouverrecycles.org/" target="_blank">metrovancouverrecycles.org</a> and searching "Gypsum / Drywall".  Any facility may require asbestos testing. </p><p>Residents with gypsum that does contain asbestos can find a list of asbestos abatement companies and consultants to manage removal and safe disposal, by searching "Asbestos Abatement". </p><p>Until about 1990, the tape and compound, or 'mud' used to seal the seams between drywall boards sometimes contained asbestos. Asbestos-containing material is safe if left intact. When it is disturbed or damaged, asbestos fibres are released in the air. When inhaled this may lead to asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma, which develop many years after the person has been exposed. For these reasons, the handling and exposure to this material is being re-visited. Learn more about gypsum and asbestos <a href="/services/solid-waste/SolidWastePublications/GypsumDrywallDisposal.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue19-gypsum.jpg2016-03-24T07:00:00ZGP0|#e04b455a-38c8-4b05-9905-86d5a97cd25d;L0|#0e04b455a-38c8-4b05-9905-86d5a97cd25d|Issue 19;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass260ED43380CB4744B9B9C96363D9BA5C"><p>​New requirements and protections for gypsum (drywall) for recycling at Metro Vancouver waste transfer stations now in place.</p></div>0