Paper and gypsum aren’t toxic, but they’re known for providing fertile ground for microbes. It’s very foul-smelling and potentially lethal when these microorganisms are exposed to the organic matter in a landfill. When this happens, gypsum’s sulfate turns into hydrogen sulfide, a gas that’s very dangerous when thrown out. Many communities don’t throw out drywall because of the odor it makes. The gypsum can also contaminate groundwater during heavy rains. We can help prevent drywall in Kelowna B,C from ending up in landfills this Earth Day by reducing, reusing, and recycling the excess drywall from our next projects.
Cut back on the amount you need
There is no doubt that the most effective way to dispose of excess drywall in Kelowna B,C is to prevent it from ever occurring in the first place. Luckily, most home improvement stores and bulk suppliers offer a variety of drywall disposal containers, so you can choose the one that best fits your needs. Can you do a small patch job that doesn’t require the standard 4’x8′ piece? You can also speak to local contractors or DIYers about scraps they may be willing to get rid of. Many stores offer smaller cut pieces or are willing to do so upon request.
Make use of large scraps.
- Please keep it in a dry location so mold and mildew will not grow on the drywall. You will likely need a piece of drywall in the future for repair work.
- Share it: Return the favor by contacting local contractors and DIYers to inquire about any spare items they might need. In addition, you can try giving away some of the items you have left for free online. You can begin by searching Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and other similar sites for items.
- Use it to fertilize your garden or lawn: Drywall comprises more than 90% gypsum, which has many beneficial properties for soil. Gypsum, a key ingredient in fertilizer, reduces soil pH levels over time and improves the soil’s overall workability, similarly to limestone. To apply drywall powder to your lawn or garden, peel off the paper backing of the drywall and grind it down into a powder.
- The crumbled gypsum can also provide your compost bin with many nutrients. However, you should be aware that the foul odors of decomposing drywall can be particularly potent.