The District Council receives a number of complaints and enquiries each year about the disposal of asbestos. Many people have worries about asbestos, but undisturbed asbestos usually poses no problems. However, care should be taken to prevent the release of fibres as they can cause serious damage to your health.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral and fibres are present in the environment in Great Britain so people are exposed to very low levels of fibres. Asbestos can be found in, amongst others, asbestos cement products, coatings, tiles, textiles such as fire blankets, insulating board and lagging. The existence of asbestos containing materials in buildings is quite commonplace.
How can I dispose of asbestos from my property?
Asbestos can be very hard to identify and the District Council would always recommend you seek professional advice and use a specialist waste contractor to remove asbestos from your property. You are only allowed to remove certain types of asbestos from your home yourself.
However, if you do decide to remove non-licensable asbestos containing materials yourself, make sure you take appropriate precautions:
- Wear the correct personal protective equipment. This includes a dust mask approved for asbestos and a disposable overall.
- Keep other people away from the working area
- Wet the material well with water containing a little washing up liquid (check there is no potential for contact with electricity first)
- Always remove whole sheets or components; don't break them up
- Place any loose or small items in strong plastic labelled bags and seal
- Clean up all dust with a damp cloth and then seal it in a plastic bag whilst damp don't use a domestic vacuum cleaner, as dust may pass through the filter
- Dispose of the asbestos at a licensed waste dispose site
Asbestos containing waste cannot be put in your normal waste collection.
If you are concerned about a neighbouring property or building site where you think asbestos is being removed or handled incorrectly please contact us. Further general information on asbestos is available on the Health and Safety Executive web page for asbestos.