Asbestos is rightly classed as a hazardous material. The adverse effects of exposure to this hazardous material are well known. On account of all the potential risks, the handling of asbestos, including asbestos disposal, requires great care and careful attention.
Concerning asbestos disposal, here are a few dos and don'ts to bear in mind. It makes no difference whether it is domestic or commercial asbestos waste.
1. Do Not Use Everyday Bins
It is against the law to dump asbestos-containing material into household bins or skip bins. Skip bin hire companies will remind you of this fact when you are hiring the units. Defying this instruction will not only attract a fine, but the company will also leave behind the asbestos-containing material after waste segregation.
You should find thick, heavy-duty plastic bags to put all the asbestos-containing material in. You should also include any gear such as gloves that you may have used while handling the waste.
2. Do Transport To Specific Facilities
After sealing and labelling the disposal bags, you should not leave them lying around. You should deliver them, or make arrangements for their transport and delivery, to specific facilities which have the licensing and approval of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA.)
Asbestos disposal at any other dump site or landfill other than the ones licensed by the EPA is also illegal. You can find a list of all approved asbestos disposal sites and facilities within your area on the official EPA website. You may also want to call ahead to confirm that the facility does indeed accept asbestos waste. Some sites only accept specific kinds of asbestos waste.
3. Do Get The Professionals On It
As it may have already become apparent, asbestos disposal is very involving. There are strict guidelines and standards that you should follow. The very process of disposing of asbestos also carries an element of risk if not handled well. By hiring a professional company to take care of your asbestos removal needs, you could save on a lot of time and avoid exposing yourself to any risk. You should invest in due diligence to ensure that you find a company that has the relevant licensing to carry out this kind of work.
There is a proper and improper how and where to asbestos disposal. With the highlighted dos and don'ts, you can be certain that you will be going about it the right way, for the good of everyone and the environment.