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Asbestos

Asbestos Wastes can be classified into two categories:

1) Stabilised Asbestos is any waste containing asbestos in a bonded matrix, e.g. asbestos cement sheeting (“fibro”), and bituminous floor tiles/roof sheeting.

2) Asbestos Fibre and Dust Waste is any waste containing asbestos dust or fibres. Examples include brake lining dust, acoustic insulation, thermal insulation (lagging), and dust from ventilation collection systems.

Will SITA Australia (SITA) accept my asbestos wastes?
Some SITA sites accept asbestos wastes. However, special conditions apply due to health risks associated with handling these wastes. For more information about SITA’s acceptance of asbestos please call our Customer Service Centre on 13 13 35. For Sydney Metropolitan customers please call 1300 651 116.

Disposal Guidelines
Please follow these guidelines for safe disposal of your asbestos wastes;

1) Stabilised Asbestos
Small quantities (i.e. hand-unloaded material):

  • Thoroughly wet each sheet of asbestos with water
  • Wrap asbestos waste in heavy-duty builders plastic (the grade of plastic must be at least 200 microns thick)
  • Completely seal the package, using builders tape or duct tape. Packages must be wrapped in manageable sizes for unloading
  • Waste must be carefully unloaded to prevent the release of dust. You will be directed to the appropriate disposal area and asked to hand unload the material.

  • Large quantities (i.e. in tipping vehicles):
  • Line the vehicle or container with heavy-duty builders plastic sheeting
  • Thoroughly wet each sheet of the waste
  • Load the material into the container or vehicle
  • Fold the plastic sheeting over the waste and secure it with builders tape or strong duct tape
  • Unloading must be carried out in a manner that minimises the release of dust.

2) Asbestos fibre and dust waste
In accordance to Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2005 – Clause 42, asbestos waste that is in the form of asbestos fibre and dust waste must be covered in such a manner as to prevent the emission of any dust. It must not be collected and stored except in accordance with the following procedures;

  • Each bag must be made of heavy duty low density polyethylene of at least 0.2mm thickness, and have dimensions of no more than 1.2m in height and 0.9m in width;
  • Each bag must be sealed by a wire tie, and contain no more than 25kg of waste;

Each bag must be marked with the words “CAUTION ASBESTOS” in letters of not less than 40mm and which comply with Australian Standard AS 1319 – Safety Signs for the Occupational Environment.

The disposal of asbestos fibre and dust can vary from state to state. Asbestos Australia provides regulations for each state and territory relating to the safe handling and disposal of asbestos. Further information that may be helpful can be found on the following websites:

NSW

ACT

SA

 

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