Asbestos_Dust_hazardAsbestos was mainly used in homes for insulation purposes between 1930 and 1960. Asbestos was used in textured paint and the like, but the use of these materials was banned in 1977. Asbestos cement has been widely used as a cladding and can still be found in garages and sheds. Asbestos cement is unlikely to release fibres unless damaged by abrasion or weathering. It is safe to leave undamaged asbestos cement in place.

How should I get rid of cement asbestos?

  • Wet small amounts of asbestos waste and put it in a strong plastic bag. Seal the bag tightly and clearly mark it ‘asbestos’.
  • Do not break up large asbestos-cement sheets. You do not need to seal these in bags. Wrap them in polythene or similar sheeting, and clearly mark as ‘asbestos’.
  • Do not put asbestos waste in the dustbin. You can get rid of household asbestos waste at:

Household Waste Recycling Centre,
Rome Street,

Tel: 01228 531454.

Make sure it is double bagged and secure. Remember

  • Try not to create asbestos dust.
  • Try not to breathe in asbestos dust.
  • If you find asbestos material that is in good condition, leave it alone.
  • If you think you may have products that contain asbestos in your home, please contact a Asbestos Waste Disposal Agent. Telephone numbers are available in the local telephone book.

You must not remove any other type of asbestos yourself. Asbestos other than asbestos cement products must be removed by a licensed asbestos contractor.

For further information please go to the Directgov Website (external link)

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