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ASBESTOS

North East Waste is working in collaboration with our seven Northern Rivers Councils to improve the safe identification and management of household asbestos by homeowners across the region.

Subsidised programs are in place to assist householders to:

i) Correctly identify asbestos material in their home, using a Household Asbestos Testing kit;

ii) Where bonded asbestos is identified (and in compliance with all health & safety guidelines for the safe removal of asbestos), safely remove up to 10m2 of of bonded asbestos using a Household Asbestos Disposal Kit.

The partial funding of Household Asbestos Testing & Disposal Kits, by NE Waste and your local Northern Rivers council, assists in improved health and safety and reducing the costs associated with handling asbestos in the home.

general information

Who is Eligible

Testing Kits

(HAT)

Disposal Kits

(HAD)

Identifying asbestos

in your home

Landfills that accept

asbestos

Removing more than

10m2 of asbestos

Safe Removal

You are eligible for the kits if you meet the following criteria:

 

  • You live in one of the following council areas -  Ballina Shire, Byron Shire, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore City, Richmond Valley  or Tweed Shire (HAT kits only)
  • The kits are to be used at a property situated in the above council area where it was obtained.
  • Commercial operators are not eligible
  • The availability and subsidised cost of both the Household Asbestos Testing and Household Asbestos Disposal Kits varies from council to council, so contact your local council directly to confirm
  • Household Asbestos Disposal Kits are only valid for the disposal of up to a maximum of 10m2 of  Non-friable asbestos
  • Household Asbestos Disposal Kits are NOT valid for the disposal of any quantity of friable asbestos or for bonded (non-friable) asbestos in quantities exceeding 10m2.

 

How to get a HAT or HAD Kit (click here)

Illegal disposal of asbestos including into kerbside bins, can lead to fines of up to $1 million.

For safe and legal asbestos disposal options see ‘Landfills that accept asbestos’ section

Household Asbestos Testing (HAT) Kits

Testing kit pick up locations (click here)

Testing kits are available to residents for use at properties located in the Northern Rivers.

 

  • Samples collected via the asbestos testing kits go directly to Australia Post
  • Both the submission form and the signed declaration must be completed and posted with the samples. Results may not be provided if this is not completed.
  • Samples can be taken from a couple of different areas in the house if asbestos is suspected.

Step by step demonstration of how to safely use your HAT kit (training video)

Household Asbestos Disposal (HAD) Kits

Disposal kit cost & pick up locations (click here)

Your local Council (excluding Tweed Shire)  is subsidising the cost of Household Asbestos Disposal kits for the safe disposal of small household quantities (maximum of 10m2 ) of bonded asbestos.

 

The program seeks to improve work health and safety by insisting that the guidelines for the safe removal and disposal of bonded asbestos, as recommended by WorkSafe NSW and the Environmental Protection Authority, are fully complied with.

 

The HAD kits are WorkSafe NSW approved and contain the following items:

 

• 2 x P2 disposable masks with valve

• 2 x disposable type 5&6 coveralls (size XL)

• 2 x disposable shoe covers non slip sole

• 2 x pairs disposable black nitrile gloves

- 2 x pairs of safety glasses

- 1 x spray bottle

• 1 x roll heavy duty duct tape

• 1 x roll red/white Barrier Tape

•  1 x "Danger Asbestos" Label

• 2 x Pakaflex 700mm x 1100mm asbestos bags

• 2 x drop sheets

• Cable ties

 

  • Household Asbestos Disposal Kits are only valid for the disposal of up to a maximum of 10m2 of  Non-friable asbestos

  • Household Asbestos Disposal Kits are NOT valid for the disposal of any quantity of friable asbestos or for non-friable (bonded) asbestos in quantities exceeding 10m2.

For details on the cost of the kit, location for pick up and disposal of kits (click here)

Please contact the facility at least 24 hours before your arrival, as specific handling, transportation and quantity requirements may apply.

Identifying Asbestos in your home

Did you know that one in three Australian homes contain asbestos? If your home was built before 1990 then products made from asbestos may be present.

 

‘Think twice about asbestos’ before you begin maintenance or renovations on your home. The attached diagram and fact sheet will assist you to identify the potential location of asbestos containing products in your home.

 

The safest way to find out if a product in your home does contain asbestos is to have it tested. SafeWork NSW maintains a list of  Licensed Asbestos Assessors.

 

Household Asbestos Testing kits (conditions apply) are available to residents for use at properties located in the North East Waste member council areas including:  Ballina Shire, Byron Shire, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore City, Richmond Valley, Tweed Shire.

 

Further guidance on how to safely collect and send a sample to be tested for asbestos content is available at www.safeenvironments.com.au/asbestos-testing/

 

For free advice and guidance on asbestos-related issues, call the Asbestos Hotline  on 1800 Asbestos (1800 272 378) and speak directly with the SafeWork NSW Customer Contact Centre

Not all landfills in our region are licensed to accept asbestos for disposal.


Five of the landfills in the northern rivers accept asbestos. Residents of Ballina Shire, Byron Shire, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed Shire, can use any of the participating landfills.

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General Conditions for accepting asbestos at landfills:

  • Asbestos must be booked in before arriving at the landfill gate. Phone numbers and further information are listed for each of the region’s licensed landfills above;
  • Contact the facility at least 24 hours before your arrival, as specific handling, transportation and quantity requirements may apply;
  • Asbestos must be double wrapped in heavy duty plastic and secured with tape so the load is completely contained.  All safety gear used in the process of removing asbestos must be enclosed within the package;
  • Loads that arrive incorrectly wrapped may not be accepted;
  • The wrapped packages must be small enough to be handled by one person without damaging the plastic wrap;
  • For further information, contact your council directly or visit www.asbestossafety.gov.au  or  www.safework.nsw.gov.au

Removing more than 10m2 of asbestos

If more than 10 square meters (approximately 2 – 3 sheets of fibro) or 100kgs of bonded asbestos containing material requires removal, it must by law, be done by a licenced asbestos removalist.

For an up to date list of licenced asbestos removalists visit SafeWork NSW Licence holders

Quantities of asbestos greater than 10 square meters or 100kgs are also required to be tracked and reported to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) via Waste Locate

Less than 10m² of bonded asbestos material can legally be removed by anyone, however penalties may be incurred if the correct safe work procedures are not followed. It is therefore strongly recommended that all asbestos removal work be conducted by a licenced removalist

Any amount of friable (non bonded) asbestos can only be removed by those licenced to do so.
SafeWork NSW is an excellent resource, which provides information about asbestos in the home and workplace including links to safe working techniques and responsibilities.

Important:

All asbestos remains the property of the owner until it is deposited at a landfill licenced to accept asbestos waste (see ‘Landfills that accept asbestos’)

Always request a copy of the disposal receipt from the licenced removal  contractor when the job is complete.  Council may require you to produce these receipts as proof of proper disposal.

Fines up to $5000 or prosecution, with penalties up to $1 million apply for incorrect disposal or illegal dumping of asbestos.

IT IS ILLEGAL TO

Put asbestos waste in your kerbside bins. It is dangerous for council staff and can contaminate otherwise recyclable waste streams

Reuse, recycle or illegally dump asbestos products or asbestos contaminated waste

Put asbestos in an uncovered skip bin or skip bin not approved to hold asbestos

THINK TWICE ABOUT ASBESTOS

If more than 10 square meters or 100kgs of bonded asbestos containing material requires removal, it must by law, be done by a licenced asbestos removalist. Quantities of asbestos greater than 10 square meters or 100kgs are required to be tracked and reported to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) via Waste Locate

Less than 10m² of bonded asbestos material can legally be removed by anyone, however penalties may be incurred if the correct safe work procedures are not followed.

It is strongly recommended that all asbestos removal work be conducted by a licenced removalist

Any amount of friable asbestos can only be removed by those licenced to do so.

Asbestos in NSW and SafeWork NSW are both excellent resources, which provide information about asbestos in the home and workplace including links to safe working techniques and responsibilities.

If you need more information about removing asbestos safely contact SafeWork NSW on 13 10 50 or call the asbestos hotline on 1800 ASBESTOS (1800 272 378).

This project is made possible with the assistance of:

The North East Waste (NE Waste) is a group of councils on the North Coast of New South Wales, working together towards cost-effective waste management solutions. The member councils include: Ballina Shire Council, Byron Shire Council, Clarence Valley Council, Richmond Valley Council and Tweed Shire Council. Visit www.newaste.org.au for more information about the North East Waste.