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Knauf gypsum board is 100% recyclable

Recyclability and sustainability have become big topics in the construction industry. Building rubble and other waste materials from construction sites should be reused or recycled where possible. Knauf gypsum board products are 100% recyclable as they are made from natural materials.

Our coloured facers on the surface of the plasterboard panels are made from paper. However, it is not the only recyclable material used by Knauf. The actual gypsum in our products is made using a process that is recognised by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a sustainable materials management practice. 

Synthetic gypsum can be manufactured and used as a substitute for natural gypsum. This means that the mineral for our plasterboard products can be made in a laboratory rather than having to extract it from the ground. In addition, the offcuts from plasterboard panels can be processed. The paper facers can be removed and recycled, and the gypsum can be re-hydrated and reused in the manufacture of new drywall panels or as an additive to cement and plaster.

Recycled gypsum can also be used to restore the pH balance of soil or as a water treatment to settle floating particles. Scrap gypsum is already commonly used to create new plasterboard panels. However, Knauf is working to develop new ways to incorporate more recyclable products into our current line-up. Feel free to contact us for your plasterboard requirements and additional construction supplies.


Knauf is a German manufacturer of gypsum plasterboard that has operations in Tanzania. We use local materials to produce high-quality drywall products for the construction industry. Knauf takes pride in the quality of products and services that we provide to customers.

We have a world-class team of researchers that have developed ecologically-sound structures and earthquake-resistant systems and materials. These construction solutions are internationally patented and are now available to Tanzanian contractors.

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