The importance of the safe asbestos disposal

Up until the mid-80’s asbestos was a widely used element in a range of housing construction materials. Chances are that if your house was built or renovated before 1987 that your house will probably have asbestos as a part of its construction.

Identification and removal are the first steps in the asbestos elimination process but the final step is just as important as the first two and that is disposing of it safely.

The disposal of asbestos is governed by government legislation and each state has its own piece of legislation, for more information about disposing of asbestos in your state visit Asbestos Awareness.

Given the Asbestos Eliminator operates in Queensland it is important that homeowners contemplating an asbestos removal project in Queensland understand the actual process of disposing of asbestos.

Asbestos Disposal

When disposing of asbestos it is important to understand the danger of disturbing asbestos fibres, as soon as the fibres become airborne they can cause catastrophic health issues to yourself and anyone who is exposed to the airborne fibres.

After the asbestos has safely been removed it must be taken to a landfill site that can lawfully receive regulated waste, usually operated by a local council. Asbestos material cannot be disposed of in a domestic garbage bin or in standard garbage bags. The asbestos material must be double wrapped in 0.2mm thick plastic bags or sheeting, sealed with a strong tape and labelled ‘double wrapped’ and then transported safely to the site that can lawfully accept asbestos.  The other option is for the waste to be placed into a plastic lined industrial that has been provided by a waste contractor who has a regulated waste transport registration certificate.

As you can already see the asbestos disposal process is heavily regulated and there are major financial and legal consequences if the process is not followed correctly. In addition to the above there are different requirements for dealing with certain quantities of asbestos depending on whether you’re a homeowner or a contract (like me). For instance quantities over 250kg are subject to the regulated waste transport laws whilst quantities under 250kg are not.

Take the guesswork out of the disposal of your asbestos and use Asbestos Eliminators. We provide a detailed framework outlining our approach to the assessment, identification, removal and disposal of asbestos sheeting and roofing ensuring the safety of your family, your property and the community where the project is being undertaken.

Asbestos Eliminators hold a class B Licence and are authorised to remove more than 10 metres of non-friable asbestos or any asbestos contaminated dust or debris, more than enough to deal with your housing project!

 

What did the client say?

I found asbestos eliminator to be prompt, reliable and above all the workmanship was great!

Adam