Household Asbestos Disposal in the Northern Rivers

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Are you renovating?

Are you renovating?


NE Waste is working in collaboration with six northern rivers Councils to offer Household Asbestos Disposal Kits to assist householders to safely and legally remove bonded asbestos in small home renovations (under 10m2 of sheets of fibro).

The Household Asbestos Disposal Kits are partially funded by your Local Council to reduce the costs associated with handling asbestos.

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Am I eligible?

Household Asbestos

Disposal Kits

Landfills that accept


Removing more than

10m2 of asbestos

Safe Removal

Identifying asbestos

in your home

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


  • You live in either Ballina Shire, Byron Shire, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore City or Richmond Valley  councils.

  • The kits are only valid for bonded asbestos

  • You are removing and disposing of a maximum of 10m2 or 3 sheets of fibro containing asbestos



Your local Council is subsidising the cost of the Household Asbestos Disposal Kits.  These kits can only be used for small jobs where less than 10m2 of asbestos is being removed.


The kits are WorkCover NSW approved and contain the following items:


• P2 disposable masks with valve

• 2 x disposable type 5&6 coveralls

• 2 x (Size XL) Disposable shoe covers non slip sole

• 2 x pairs disposable gloves

• Heavy duty duct tape

• Roll of Red/White Barrier Tape

• "Danger Asbestos" Label for bin "Kit"

• Pakaflex Asbestos Bag

• 2 x Drop Sheets

• Cable ties

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

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

Five of the landfills in the northern rivers accept asbestos. You can use any of the participating landfills as long as you live with in one of the participating council areas.

Conditions for accepting asbestos at the landfill:


  • Asbestos must be booked in before arriving at the landfill gate. Phone numbers are listed in the box above

  • Asbestos must be double wrapped in plastic and taped so the load is completely contained.  All safety gear used in the process of removing asbestos must be enclosed in the parcel

  • The wrapped parcels must be small enough for one person to handle without breaking the plastic

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If you are removing more than 10m2 or 3 sheets of fibro containing asbestos then you are required under the law to employ a licensed asbestos removalist.


For an updated list of licenced asbestos removalist in our region visit NSW WorkCover.


Licensed asbestos removalists are likely to give you a quote including the disposal fees of the asbestos.

Remember: Always request a copy of the disposal receipt from the 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.

There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres so it is important that home renovators take all safety precautions seriously when dealing with asbestos containing materials.


  • When working in and around the home or renovating, if in doubt, assume you are dealing with asbestos and take safety seriously

  • The safest way to manage the removal of asbestos is to hire a licenced asbestos removal contractor

  • Where asbestos fibres are friable (loose and not bonded into building materials), only licenced friable asbestos removalists are allowed to remove it


The NSW Environmental Protection Agency  (EPA) have also produced a guide on Safely Disposing of Asbestos Waste from your home.



Asbestos a Guide for Householders and the General Public is a Commonwealth Government guide to assist householders reduce the risk of exposure to asbestos fibres and includes information on identifying asbestos, removing, transporting and disposing of asbestos.

NSW Workcover have produced a guide on How to Safely Remove Asbestos: Code of Practice

Did you know that one in three Australian homes contain asbestos?  If your home was built before 1987 then products made from asbestos are most likely contained in your home.  Potential location for asbestos products in your home can be found in this diagram  (this is attached)


The best way to find out if a product in your home contains asbestos is to have it tested.  WorkCover NSW maintains a list of a list of Licensed Asbestos Assessors.


If you live remotely or are unable to find a Licensed Assessor near your home then you may want to send a sample to an asbestos testing laboratory.  Instructions on how to safely remove and send a sample for testing  can be found at


The household asbestos disposal scheme seeks to improve work health and safety by insisting that the guidelines for the safe removal and disposal of asbestos as recommended by Council, the Environment Protection Authority and WorkCover NSW are complied with.

1. Appropriate personal protective safety equipment should be used during the removal process.

2. Asbestos must be damped down prior to packaging. When damping down, care must be taken to ensure no fibres dislodge.

3. Asbestos must be double wrapped in parcels of up to 200kgs before transporting to the Landfill. The plastic wrapping must not rupture during the disposal process. .

4. Tippers & ro-ro’s maximum 4 tonne per load for sheeting.

5. Customers with asbestos in an unacceptable condition may be refused entry and the matter referred to WorkCover.

6.  All asbestos remains the property of the owner until it is deposited in the landfill.

7. Council recommends the use of asbestos handling bags such as ‘Hazibag or Tuff Bag’ for larger quantities of asbestos


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 for more information about the North East Waste.