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Disposal of asbestos

Asbestos is a regulated waste as prescribed by Schedule 7 of the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008.

Asbestos dust or fibres are highly hazardous when inhaled. They can be released into the air when products containing asbestos are incorrectly handled, removed or transported.

Non-friable asbestos is the most common form, usually found as cement sheeting (flat or corrugated), vinyl floor tiles, water or flue pipes, or other asbestos-bonded products produced before 1990. If left undisturbed, non-friable asbestos presents no known health risk.

Friable asbestos was used in pipe lagging, insulation and asbestos-backed vinyl floor tiles and presents significant health risks if disturbed.

Health hazards

Asbestos dust contains tiny, almost indestructible fibres that can cause damage when they are breathed into the lungs. The smallest fibres, which may be invisible to the naked eye, are the most dangerous because they penetrate deepest into the lungs.

Rules for removing and transporting asbestos

Requirements for disposal

All asbestos that is transported to a City of Gold Coast waste and recycling centre must be:

Note: The material used as wrapping is not to be removed at any time and is to be disposed of with the asbestos.

Procedure for disposal of asbestos

Asbestos waste that is in the form of stabilised asbestos must be presented for disposal and unloaded in a manner that avoids the creation of dust. Stabilised asbestos waste will not be accepted at the site if it is not presented and unloaded in the manner prescribed for asbestos fibre and dust.

Non-compliance with required procedures for disposal

The potential health impacts associated with asbestos exposure and the clear legislative constraints for landfill operators mean that the City will not tolerate non-compliance with the above procedures for disposal of asbestos waste.

  1. Inappropriate packaging of waste - In the event landfill operational staff deem asbestos waste cannot be unloaded without rupturing, a supervisor will inspect the load. Should the supervisor determine the load cannot be unloaded in accordance with the ‘Requirements for disposal’, permission will not be granted to dispose of the material and the driver will be directed to leave the site.
  2. Failure to unload as per requirements - Where loads are packaged as required but the method of unloading results in bundles rupturing, details of the vehicle and load will be recorded on the computer system and the customer reminded of the site’s requirements. Should a second load rupture on unloading, no further asbestos loads will be accepted from that person and/or vehicle until it can be demonstrated that an improved method of unloading will be employed.
  3. Notification to administering authorities - Persons not complying with the above requirements may be reported to the relevant administering authority.

Charges

Asbestos waste will be charged as per the current landfill disposal fees list.

Mixed loads

Where asbestos waste is mixed with other waste, the entire load will be charged at the rate for asbestos and the load will need to be presented as per the ‘Procedure for disposal of asbestos’.

Inquiries

For additional information, please call Waste Management on 07 5667 5976.

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