(57) (Abstract title) Gypsum plasterboard recycling: A method and system (1, Fig 1) for recycling plasterboard waste incorporating non-plasterboard waste materials such as wires, wall plugs etc, comprises a primary crushing station (3, Fig 3), in which plasterboard waste is fragmented by a coal crusher. Fragmented waste then goes to a primary separation station (4) having a trommel screen with 20-30 mm mesh and internal ribs, in which the crushed plasterboard waste material is separated into a process stream and a waste stream. Process stream material is passed through a secondary crushing station (8) in the form of a hammer mill, and waste stream material is passed through a primary waste-separation station (5), in which it falls by gravity whilst being subjected to an airflow to separate paper waste fragments from the waste stream towards a recycled paper bay. A secondary separation station having a flat deck vibratory screen with 6-10 mm mesh may be positioned between primary and secondary crushing stations, Magnetic separation may occur prior to the primary crushing station / stage, in which three stages of magnetic separation may be utilised. A pre-crushing stage where material may be fragmented by a pair of conical toothed rollers may also be included before the primary crushing stage is carried out.
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