Showing posts with label Orange County asbestos disposal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Orange County asbestos disposal. Show all posts

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Proper Disposal of Asbestos Containing Materials


Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance made from silica which is now banned due to its link with myriad health complications. While its use can be traced back centuries, it was primarily used between the turn of the 20th century through the late 1970s in industrial capacities.
Asbestos is a fibrous material which lent itself well to construction compounds. It was used in most capacities as an insulation and fireproofing compound, which could be added to a number of different materials. Many of these materials still exist today. In fact, asbestos-containing materials can be found in nearly 80 percent of structures built before 1978.

What to Do About Asbestos

It is important to remember that not all these materials pose an immediate threat. Asbestos must be rendered “friable” to be considered hazardous. Friable asbestos fibers are those which are within a damaged or aged compound and can potentially be released into the air. When materials contain friable asbestos, they must be disposed of. However, there are a great deal of governmental regulations in place to ensure that these materials are disposed of properly and safely.
  • Firstly, a concerned home or building owner should begin a dialogue with an asbestos consulting service to ensure the material is indeed hazardous and friable.
  • Next it is important to choose a properly licensed asbestos abatement company to remove the material. These companies are specially licensed to remove and dispose of asbestos in safe and appropriate manners.
Those who find that they have asbestos within their home that is not yet hazardous should monitor the material regularly and be careful not to disturb the compound. If these materials are intact and undisturbed, they will not pose an immediate hazard.

Health Hazards

Asbestos was banned in the late ’70s because of the clear connection between those exposed to it and the development of the asbestos cancer, mesothelioma. No level of exposure is safe and even tests which indicate the presence of small asbestos samples should be taken seriously. By taking proper precautions you can ensure your home or office’s safety.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Levy scrapped to stop asbestos waste being dropped in city streets

Deadly asbestos dust busters
Health inspectors contain an asbestos dump in Wattle Lane, Untimo.  
THE state government will scrap the waste levy on asbestos from home renovations sent to tips in an effort to stop the potentially deadly material being dumped on city streets. 

Environment Minister Robyn Parker will also ­announce today that, under the $3 million trial scheme, the Environmental Protection Authority will pay $50 towards the cost of removing and transporting asbestos to tips and landfill sites.

Asbestos dumping has ­become a major problem across the state, despite new laws that threaten imprisonment instead of a fine.

Dumpers are trying to avoid the waste levy, which is charged at tips and landfill sites and costs $107.80 per tonne in Sydney and $53.70 a tonne in regional NSW.

One of the most infamous asbestos dumpings was a tip truck opening its rear gate and depositing two tonnes outside a pair of daycare centres on Wattle Lane at Ultimo in inner Sydney last December which took two days and cost $13,000 to clear up.
The asbestos waste levy will be scrapped over a 12-month trial in at least 10 local government areas, which have yet to be decided. The scheme will be expanded if successful.

Ms Parker said the EPA would waive the asbestos levy to a maximum of 6500 tonnes over the 12 months, and the $50 contribution per tonne ­towards the cost and removal of asbestos would also be capped at 6500 tonnes.

"The scheme is open to residents for small residential amounts of asbestos and licensed asbestos removalists on behalf of a resident for larger amounts,'' a spokesman for Ms Parker said. "Unlicensed removalists are ineligible.''

The spokesman said the scheme was a trial in which methods of disposal of asbestos would be tested and so would not include all landfills.

The government is seeking expressions of interest from local councils.

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