What is Asbestos
Asbestos is a fibrous silicate mineral, which was first used in commercial building in the 1800s and later became popular in house building during the 1980s. The material became desirable thanks to its physical properties including affordability, sound absorption, tensile strength and in particular, its resistance to fire, heat, and electricity. For these reasons, it was commonly used by manufacturers and builders and often mixed with cement or woven into fabrics.
In the UK and EU since 1999, the use of all asbestos in new construction projects has been banned due to the health risk the material poses to humans when its broken up or damaged.
Prior to being banned, asbestos was used in thousands of materials including roof tiles, ceilings, floor tiles and cement.
Importance of safe asbestos disposal
It is now known that all types of asbestos can cause serious health hazards to humans, with amosite and crocidolite being the highest risk. Inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious and fatal illness including lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. Those at the particular harm of these illnesses include carpenters, builders, plumbers, electricians and asbestos disposal workers.
Exposure to asbestos in the form of fibers is always considered dangerous, therefore the handling and disposal of asbestos material must be taken with the utmost care. The demolition of buildings containing any amounts of asbestos pose particular problems and has to be deconstructed piece by piece or builders have to remove the asbestos before the structure can be knocked down by mechanical or explosive means. Once a building is demolished, the construction team then face the difficulty of transporting and disposing of the redundant material on an approved route using adapted vehicles.
How can you dispose of asbestos waste
Asbestos waste is classed as a hazardous waste material and therefore must be disposed of separately from other waste streams and handled with caution.
The simplest way to dispose of asbestos waste once it’s removed is to organise a collection service from a licensed waste management company. Our sister company, Avon Material Supplies offers roro (rollonoff) containers and enclosed skip services, which are all fully compliant with managing hazardous waste. Learn more about the collection services offered by AMS here >>
Alternatively, you can use a local, licensed disposal facility such as Canford Recycling Centre in Wimborne, Dorset. When disposing of any asbestos material using your own means, please be aware of the challenges involved in transporting asbestos, the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) you should use and the appropriate container for the waste.
The following steps must also be completed before transporting the asbestos waste to Canford Recycling Centre:
- All wastes must be sealed and double wrapped or bagged in 1000+ gauge plastic.
- A hazardous waste consignment note must be partially completed to enable it to be finished and signed off when the load is tipped. A member of our team can start this process once the load is pre-booked.
Asbestos disposal with Commercial Recycling
At Commercial Recycling, we offer a fully compliant asbestos disposal service and our specially trained staff ensure all of our practices follow the health and safety legalities. Disposal of asbestos with us is a simple and safe process and we only request that the waste is pre-booked in at least 24 hours in advance of tipping.
Although asbestos is a costly waste stream to dispose of due to its difficulty to handle and process, you will find our services are extremely competitively priced thanks to the use of our own facility and fleet of vehicles.
Visit Canford Recycling Centre
Our Canford Recycling Centre near Bournemouth and Poole offers an ideal location for contractors, businesses and tradesman to dispose of waste asbestos. The site is equipped for all customers and vehicles and we have long opening hours of Monday – Friday 7am-5:30pm and Saturday mornings 7am-12pm.
- Canford Recycling Centre, Magna Road, Wimborne, BH21 3BW
- T: 01202 331560
Please note asbestos waste disposed of at Canford Recycling Centre must be manually offloaded on site. Therefore we strongly recommend sheets of asbestos are individually wrapped and sealed bags of asbestos weigh no more than 25kg each.
Want to know more?
Contact our team on 01202 331560, opt 3 or email our sales manager, Stuart, on Stuart.Mariner@commercialrecycling.co.uk.