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Can I dispose of Asbestos Waste in a Skip?

Asbestos is a hazardous and carcinogenic material which is now banned from use in construction materials in the UK. Although it is no longer used it can be present in building that were built pre-2000. It’s disposal therefore needs to be given careful consideration. Its disposal is not as simple as hiring a skip to take it away.

What is Asbestos?

At very low, natural occurring levels of asbestos does not pose a danger or should the asbestos be in good condition then it is also unlikely to present a problem. However, should the condition of the material deteriorate or if it be damaged then the fibres can be released into the air. In this situation the material can pose a serious risk to those in the area. Fibres that are breathed in can subsequently contribute to serious medical health conditions such as lung diseases, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

For this reason it is extremely important that asbestos be disposed of correctly and it is no surprise that its removal and disposal is governed by stringent legislation.
If you suspect that asbestos be present then it is strongly recommended that you consult the advice of an expert in hazardous materials. In the Lancashire area your local council will be able to offer help and advice in this regard.

Asbestos Surveys

To identify the presence of asbestos material you will need to have an asbestos survey carried out. This will help to identify its presence, location information, the type of asbestos and assess the level of danger involved. It will also help to formulate a management plan for its removal.

The removal and disposal of asbestos must be carried out by an approved contractor to ensure the materials handled and disposed of in the correct manner. You should never attempt to remove asbestos coatings yourself although if you are removing asbestos roof sheeting it is advisable to take precautions although it is recommended that you employ the services of a specialist.

If you are removing asbestos sheeting from a garage roof below are some things you should consider:

  • Contact your local council for advice also your local household waste disposal centre or your skip hire company to ascertain if they will accept asbestos materials as many don’t.
  • Seek the advice of a professional before starting the work and if necessary have a survey carried out.
  • Wear protective clothing, gloves, head gear and breathing mask
  • Dampen the asbestos material thoroughly before you disturb any fibres
  • Avoid breaking up the asbestos sheeting. If they need to be cut into smaller pieces do not use power tools, use a hand saw.
  • If dust is produced make sure it is wet and swept up.
  • Dispose of the asbestos material in special asbestos bags or double bag them in heavy duty polythene bags. These bags must be clearly labelled as to their contents.
  • Dispose of any contaminated clothing. Bag them up and label them. Do this before you enter any indoor area as you could bring asbestos fibres indoors on contaminated clothing?
  • Finally dispose of all asbestos and contaminated materials at a licensed waste disposal site.
  • DO NOT put asbestos out with normal household rubbish.

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