Asbestos disposal can be a confusing topic. This blog aims to shed some light on this topic.
How do I dispose of asbestos safely?
Asbestos must be disposed of in a specific landfill site that is permitted to accept such waste. Asbestos is classified as hazardous/ special waste. Any waste that contains more than 0.1% asbestos is classified as asbestos.
Great, so how does that help you I ask?
Firstly, you are going to need to know whether you are dealing with asbestos or not. If you are not sure whether you have asbestos or not, we would recommend that you speak to a qualified expert.
This expert will then be able to confirm whether it is asbestos and what type of asbestos you are dealing with. Now that you know this, you are then able to figure out how it is to be removed and also how it is disposed of. Speak with your expert, and they will let you know what to do Their advise on asbestos disposal will be very important.
The Waste Group offer an Asbestos Waste Collection & Disposal service.
What does that mean?
Well basically, if you have some asbestos, we can provide the bins for the asbestos to go in. We then take the bin with the asbestos in it, to a registered asbestos disposal site. It’s that simple. We will also provide you the legal paperwork that is required. This leaves the responsibility with us, & removes the potential harm asbestos causes, from yourselves.
We can provide the following bin sizes;
- 6 yard open skip
- 12 yard open skip
- 16 yard enclosed skip
- 20 yard ro ro
- 40 yard ro ro
- 35 yard enclosed ro ro
So…There are two types of asbestos, cement & fibrous. The fibrous asbestos MUST be placed in the enclosed skips and ro ro’s and the fibrous asbestos Can be placed in open skips & ro ro’s.
As long as asbestos remains undisturbed, it is not harmful. But the danger happens once disturbed, it then creates a serious hazard. If in doubt always speak with a qualified expert. Please read this article from The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/07/britains-death-toll-from-asbestos-at-crisis-level-figures-reveal
Here is a list of the many different types of material that can contain asbestos;
Aprons, Artex, Asbestos blankets, Asbestos cement roofs, Asbestos cloth, Asphalt roofing, Awnings and curtains, Battery insulation (loose fibre), Bitumen (adhesive and mastic), Brakes, Canopies, Car bodies, Carpets, Caulking, Cavity decking, Coffins, Cold water storage cisterns, Corrugated asbestos cement (3 and 6 inch), Corrugated cement roofs, Damp-proof sealant and paper, Drive belts, Electric cable coverings, Filters, Firefighting equipment, Floor tiles and flooring materials, Flue pipes, Garage roofs, Gas mask filters, Gaskets, Gloves and gauntlets, Guttering, Helmets, Insulating wire, Insulation materials (lagging and board), Mattress filling, Oil burning wicks, Packaging, Panel sheets, Paper and cardboard, Pipe coverings, Pipework, Plaster, Radiator covers, Rafters, Railway sleepers, Roof tiles, Roofing felt, Roofing shingles, Rope and string, Rugs, Sealants, Shed roofs, Spark plugs, Spray coatings, Storage heaters, Stove mats, Tape, Textured coatings (such as Artex), Theatre props (e.g. fake dust, cobwebs, snow etc.), Tiles, Twine and thread, Ventilation ducts, Vinyl tiles, Wadding, Wall plugging compound, Wallboard, Welding rod coatings & Window sills and boxes.
**Note : Asbestos is a dangerous material and appropriate care should always be taken, please follow this link for guidance: http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/index.htm
When it comes the removal of asbestos our advice is to take care. We would always get the advice of a qualified expert. Asbestos is harmful, & should be treated accordingly.
We are based in Dorset, but our reach is Nationwide, and we at The Waste Group can provide Asbestos collection throughout the UK.
If you have any questions regarding how to dispose of Asbestos safely, please call our office on: 0800 652 0160 Our knowledgeable and friendly staff will be able to assist you.