As asbestos is classified, by the Department of Environment, as a type 1 special waste it must be disposed of at a disposal site licensed to accept such wastes. EMRC's Red Hill Waste Management Facility is licensed by the Department of Environment and Conservation to accept a range of wastes including type 1 special waste.
There are two types of asbestos, non-friable and friable, and Red Hill is licensed to accept both types. Non-friable is the most common form of asbestos and includes a range of asbestos cement products such as fencing and roofing sheets, as well as vinyl asbestos tiles. Non-friable asbestos has a binder that holds the asbestos fibres in a solid matrix. This means that the individual asbestos fibres can not be easily released unless it is mishandled, damaged or badly weathered.
The less common friable asbestos, also known as limpet asbestos, was used in the 1950's and 1960's to lag pipes and used as a spray application or as a tile on walls and ceilings for sound/fire insulation. As friable asbestos can be easily crumbled to a fine powder by hand, it should only be removed by a licensed asbestos removal specialist.
The following guidelines will assist you to correctly dispose of your asbestos products at the Red Hill Waste Management Facility. The most important thing to remember is to advise the Red Hill weighbridge attendant that you have asbestos waste for disposal so that they can arrange for a transfer station attendant to be on hand to direct you to the relevant area. The Red Hill Waste Management Facility does not allow tipping of asbestos.
All non-friable asbestos must be:
Licensed asbestos removal specialists should be engaged to remove friable asbestos. This form of asbestos must be delivered in fully contained sealed drums to prevent the release of fibres during disposal and Red Hill must be contacted prior to the waste being delivered. Commercial loads will require a waste acceptance approval.
The Department of Environment and Conservation requires that anyone disposing of soil and/or sand contaminated with asbestos obtain a Waste Acceptance Approval Certificate prior to its disposal at site. A Waste Acceptance Approval (WAA) Certificate can be obtained through EMRC's environmental services department by calling (08) 9424 2222. A number of safety measures should be taken to prevent asbestos fibres escaping during removal and transport. These can be discussed with EMRC as part of the process of obtaining your WAA Certificate.
Please note that Council issued tip passes are not valid for the disposal of asbestos.