Gypsum to Gypsum (GtoG): The European Life+ Project That Aims to Transform the Gypsum Waste Market


The GtoG project is working for creating a recycling culture of gypsum products, changing the way this waste is usually treated in construction, renovation and demolition works, with the aim of achieving higher gypsum recycling rates in Europe and promoting selective deconstruction practices. For this purpose, five demolition companies, one demolition consultant, two gypsum waste processors, five plasterboard manufacturers and three academic partners, leaded by Eurogypsum (the European association of plaster and plasterboard manufacturers), are working together in this large consortium with representation in 7 European countries. A preliminary study on current practices was completed in 2013 and in 2014 the demonstration activities on deconstruction, processing of gypsum waste and reincorporation of recycled gypsum were conducted. During 2015 different results will be delivered, such as a European Handbook of best practices for controlled deconstruction of gypsum systems and the carbon footprint assessment comparing the recycling route versus landfilling. The final results will include a Report on best practices and the Roadmap for the future implementation of a sustainable value chain.

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Marta Rodríguez-Quijano, Technical University of Madrid, Spain
Ana Jiménez-Rivero, Technical University of Madrid, Spain
Ana de Guzmán-Báez, Technical University of Madrid, Spain
Justo García-Navarro, Technical University of Madrid, Spain

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Conference: ECSEE2015
Stream: Environmental Sustainability & Human Consumption: Waste

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