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Environmental and Permitting Issues

As with the recycling of most construction materials, environmental and human safety issues must be addressed. For drywall from demolition and renovation, possible issues of concern include the presence of lead-based paint and asbestos. Dust emissions may also need to be addressed. Possible environmental issues with recycling drywall are summarized here.

Processors and recyclers of scrap gypsum drywall should consult the appropriate regulatory agency to determine which regulations and policies must be met, and whether or not a permit is required. A list of state contacts is provided to assist interested parties in determining appropriate regulatory requirements.