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Plaster Debris

Question: I am working on a house built in 1890 and have considerable plaster debris. I am wondering if there is any problem with dumping this waste in the crawl space? Just the plaster, not the lathe.

Or is there any "green" use for it? Anything but substance for the landfill?

Answer: DONT DO IT!!! I have a home built in 1898 in upstate NY. The plaster may not have anything bad for the environment in it but it probably has paint on it. The paint will most likely have LEAD in it. You will contaminate your home and the cost will be tens of thousands of dollars to clean up the soil, lead paint dust throughout, and don’t forget your furniture.

Dispose of it properly.