It’s a question we get asked a lot; ‘how do I dispose of asbestos?’.
Fortunately, as one of the biggest asbestos disposal experts in the UK, it’s something The Waste Group know a lot about. Read on to find out why and how you need to dispose of asbestos safely.
For over 150 years, asbestos was a popular construction material used during the build of residential and commercial buildings across the UK. It was particularly popular during the building boom of 1950-1980.
However, as you may know, asbestos was banned in 1999 after it was linked to many severe illnesses. The microscopic fibres within asbestos are extremely hazardous and can seriously damage our health and the environment.
If you are making changes to a building or home built before 2001, chances are you are going to have to deal with asbestos disposal.
Due to the hazardous microscopic fibres found in the material, asbestos disposal is extremely risky and should be carried out with great care. Once the asbestos is disturbed, the microscopic fibres are released into the air. If inhaled, these fibres can cause serious and often deadly diseases such as lung cancer and mesothelioma.
In this blog, we are going to offer our expert advice on how to safely dismantle and dispose of asbestos.
Can I Dispose Of Asbestos At My Local Tip?
Unlike other household waste, asbestos cannot be placed in your general waste bin and must be correctly disposed of.
If you only have a small amount of asbestos to dispose of, you may be able to take it to your local tip. Asbestos should be placed in correctly labelled bags and securely sealed. Plus, you should wear the appropriate safety equipment at all times when handling and disposing of asbestos yourself.
However, a lot of local council’s do not allow their household waste recycling centre to dispose of asbestos. Many local authorities advise people to use a professional asbestos disposal service to safely get rid of their asbestos. Before you begin to remove the asbestos, it is always best to contact your local council and check whether you can dispose of it at the tip.
If you have a large amount of asbestos to dispose of, a professional asbestos disposal service will be the best option for you.
Tips For Dismantling Asbestos
To begin with, you must ensure you have the equipment needed to safely dismantle the asbestos. This includes disposable paper overalls, gloves, safety goggles and an approved asbestos dusk mask to wear at all times when dismantling the asbestos. These can be purchased from the majority of hardware stores.
You should also have the correctly labelled asbestos removal bags/sacks and plastic sheeting, which can be purchased online. Alternatively, your local council may be able to provide you with asbestos removal bags.
Once you have the equipment required to carry out the task safely, and you have a plan to dispose of the asbestos correctly, you can begin to dismantle the asbestos. Here are our tips:
- If you are dismantling asbestos in an open space, such as a garage, only do it when the weather is calm to avoid the spread of fibres.
- Dampen the asbestos structure with water to reduce the amount of dust.
- Aim to remove complete sheets of asbestos. If you break the asbestos into pieces you are increasing the amount of hazardous fibres being released into the air.
- Double wrap asbestos sheets in appropriate plastic wrapping and ensure it is always securely sealed and correctly labelled.
- Place any smaller pieces of asbestos in a sealed asbestos waste bag.
- Do not use a vacuum or sweeping brush to clean the dust as this will spread it further. Instead, wipe the dust using a damp cloth.
- Dispose of your overalls, gloves etc. in the same way you would dispose of the asbestos.
Professional Asbestos Disposal
You must not underestimate the dangers that come with asbestos disposal. The safest and quickest way to dispose of asbestos is to hire a professional asbestos disposal service.
A professional company will have the equipment, experience and permits required to dispose of your asbestos safely and effectively. Here at The Waste Group we, provide a fast and professional asbestos disposal service.
Thanks to our range of open and sealed containers, our highly-trained staff and our access to extensive disposal facilities across the UK, we are a market leader in asbestos disposal. At a time that is convenient for you, we will collect, transport, and safely dispose of your asbestos, whilst always adhering to Landfill Directive & Environmental Permitting Regulations.
We will also provide you with any relevant paperwork that is required by law. So, you don’t have to worry about a thing!
Get In Touch To Find Out More About Our Asbestos Disposal Service
The Waste Group provides professional asbestos disposal, skip hire and tipping facilities. You can find out more about our asbestos disposal service or contact us here.
Whether the job is big or small, we will handle your asbestos disposal query with utmost priority. You can see which areas our asbestos removal service covers here.