The Council no longer offers a collection service for asbestos waste.
You are strongly advised to contact a member of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) and ask for it to be removed professionally. You can do a limited amount of work yourself, but you will need to ensure that you follow strict guidelines carefully so as to not expose yourself or others to asbestos fibres.
You must ensure that you are competent to do any work with asbestos. If you are in any doubt, you should contact us for advice.
However we do suggest the following guidelines for taking down and preparing your asbestos for collection.
In order to minimise exposure and control the spread of asbestos, you need to consider the following general precautions
keep other people away from the area of work
use hand tools rather than power tools
where reasonably practicable, remove the asbestos cement before the rest of the structure is demolished;
where possible, avoid further breaking the sheets;
keep the material wet when working on it;
where possible, lower the material onto a clean hard surface;
remove waste and debris from the site as soon as possible to prevent it being crushed underfoot or by moving vehicles;
do not bulldoze broken asbestos cement or sheet into piles;
do not dry sweep asbestos cement debris;
Dispose of the waste and debris safely.
If asbestos cement sheets are in good condition and it is reasonably practicable to produce a safe system of work and provide safe access, they should be taken down whole. Roof sheets should preferably be removed from underneath with mobile elevating work platforms, for example scissor lifts or cherry pickers.
There are a number of contractors who will undertake this type of work, , if you would like further information or advice please contact us as per the details below.
The Health and Safety Executive provides extensive information and advice on the use and removal of asbestos. Members of the public may contact the Health and Safety Executive infoline, 0845 345 0055, for general advice on asbestos.