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How to Responsibly Dispose of Asbestos

How to Responsibly Dispose of Asbestos

Safe removal of asbestos

Asbestos is a highly dangerous material, one of the most dangerous around the world. Due to this, if it’s found, it can be confusing to know how to safely dispose of it. We’ve put together this article to shed some light on what you should do if you find any material that contains asbestos. 

Have You Found Asbestos?

First things first you need to work out if what you’ve found is in fact asbestos. Any waste item that contains 0.1% or more of asbestos is simply classed as asbestos. It’s best to know as soon as possible if you have got asbestos as you can seriously be harmed if exposed to it. It isn’t dangerous unless disturbed so it’s best to work it out before you move your waste around. 

As asbestos can be found it many different materials, caution needs to be taken on all building sites, no matter the size. Here is a list of common materials that may contain asbestos. By reading this, it should help you understand what materials need to be looked out for on construction sites. 

You’ve Found It, What Do You Do Now?

First things first, do not touch or move it. As mentioned above, by disturbing it releases the gases and substances into the air which can increase your chances of lung disease and cancer. The best thing to do in this instance is to call an expert that specialises in asbestos and removing it. This way they can remove it safely with the right protective gear. Listen to their advice on what to do before they can get out to you as this will be vital in keeping you safe and protected. 

There are some companies that can provide you with specialist asbestos bins to dispose of any that you find. These bins then get taken to a specialist recycling center that all asbestos needs to be taken too. It’s not a complicated process, there just needs to be caution taken as there is a high risk when needing to handle these items. 

In Conclusion

Asbestos is a highly dangerous material that needs to be treated with caution. When building on construction sites and sometimes even during the simplest of renovations, you need to be acting with caution around those common materials that could contain asbestos. If you find it, you need to not touch it and call a specialist right away to be given good advice on the safest way to remove it. 

Unfortunately, asbestos is restricted from going in our skips if you were looking to hire a skip through us. The only somewhat form of asbestos we allow is up to two bin bags of plasterboard placed on top of the skip. Any more information about items that are restricted, you can visit our waste restrictions page.

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