What would you like to Recycle?

Drywall

sheetrock, gypsum
Drywall
All drywall must now be tested for asbestos content before it can be either recycled or processed as controlled waste.
Drywall or Sheetrock makes up approximately 30% of the debris of a standard modern home. 

Reduce | Reuse | Recycle | Facilities

How do I go green?

Reduce

Carefully evaluate the necessity of the job before undertaking a new home renovation or demolition project.
Measure twice, cut once and ensure you are getting the most use out of each new sheet you use.

Reuse

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 small areas or patching jobs.

Recycle

All drywall must be tested for asbestos content. 
If the testing indicates that it does not contain asbestos, the facilities below will accept gypsum drywall for recycling. The gypsum and paper will be separated and reused or recycled for a variety of purposes including composting or manufacturing new sheets of drywall.

Disposal
If the testing indicates that it does contain asbestos, it is accepted at Hartland landfill as controlled waste, by appointment only. Documentation of testing must be available for review.
Go to Asbestos for more important information on this process, including testing companies.

Note: Drywall is banned from the garbage at Hartland Landfill

For information on the health risks associated with asbestos please visit WorkSafe BC's website.

Contact facilities directly regarding restrictions and charges.

Facilities

  • Alpine Disposal & Recycling

    1045 Dunford Ave.
    Langford
    250.474.5145

  • DL's Recycling Centre

    6844 Oldfield Rd
    Saanichton
    250.544.3103

  • Ellice Recycle

    524 David Street
    Victoria
    250.386.4342

  • H.L. Disposal & Lawn Services Ltd.

    334 Hillside Ave
    Victoria
    250.381.2020

  • Pender Island Waste Management Ltd

    PO Box 26
    Pender Island
    250.629.6690

  • Sooke Disposal Ltd.

    No drop off depot.
    Sooke
    250.642.3646

  • 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.