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Following a comment from @Nickfromwales about once being asked by a QS to fill stud voids with plasterboard offcuts to reduce waste disposal costs, thought it would be interesting to discuss the pros and cons of doing so. What are everyone's thoughts? I can see the rationale for doing this on cost grounds, and the possible sound deadening benefits if using whole pieces well fitted into the void.
So after filling a few skips so far and being told "no plasterboard", the penny only dropped that this might be difficult stuff to get rid of at the plastering stage. We have quite a large house so generated quite a bit of scrap, especially the rooms in roof where there are lots of triangular sections. Turns out that the local skip firm will do a plasterboard only skip but at an increased cost to normal to cover the additional landfill cost. I got a 4.5 yd for £265 inc VAT (Berkshire) and it was just big enough (note to self, always get a skip one size larger than you think you need). Quite tricky to fill it efficiency too, I ended up stacking larger bits up the sides and kept the middle for small bits, which I regularly compacted with a sledge. I did call a few of the industry recycling schemes but they're only geared up for big sites. A few skip companies go by weight but the challenge of keeping a skip of board dry put me off, not paying to dispose of rain water Note that there's no issue in disposing of plaster itself in a normal skip, we've accumulated quite a few bags of scraps and will have quite a few more before we're done.
I'm getting prices in at the moment for plaster-boarding/skimming the house but would like to get some prices for the board in advance to see if I'm potentially being ripped off - we need about 900m2 of the stuff. Are there 'best' places for this or is any local builders' merchant as good as anywhere? Same question applies for the sound insulation for the stud walls.