Asbestos Fact Sheet
Asbestos has been used in thousands of homes throughout Australia. It is most commonly found in fibro. In 2003, the manufacture and supply of asbestos was banned.
Work Cover has provided a fact sheet detailing safe methods of management, removal and disposal.
Asbestos Disposal Procedure
All Asbestos is to be taken to the Lithgow Waste Facility
Handling & Disposal of Asbestos- Legalities
If you use the appropriate safety precautions, you are permitted to remove a maximum of 10 square metres of bonded asbestos in NSW.
However, if removing more than 10 square metres, you MUST either hire a qualified asbestos removalist or obtain a NSW WorkCover bonded asbestos removal licence which requires you to attend an appropriate training course run by TAFE or a registered training organisation. Any loose or friable asbestos must be removed by an qualified asbestos removalist and cannot be removed by the homeowner.
It is illegal to re-use, recycle or illegally dump asbestos products. It is also illegal to dispose of asbestos waste in domestic garbage bins.
Asbestos waste must be disposed of at a landfill site that can lawfully receive this waste.
Lithgow Solid Waste Facility accepts asbestos waste. However as asbestos waste must be disposed of by burial, acceptance of the waste is subject to prior arrangement being made with Council's Waste Management Contractor on (02) 6351 2486.
All asbestos must be:
- Wet down
- Double wrapped and taped dust tight
- Booked in for immediate burial – At Lithgow Solid Waste Facility
- Please call (02) 6351 2486 – an appointment is essential
Asbestos awareness and the NSW Government have developed a householders guide to loose-fill asbestos, commonly known as "Mr Fluffy". This insulation was used during the 1960's and 1970's.
The Government is also providing a free inspection and assistance program through NSW Fair Trading that will provide financial assistance and support to affected homeowners and tenants, but you must register by 1 August 2016. Further inform is provided via the following link:
Asbestos Management Plan
The Asbestos Management Plan was adopted by Council on 25/09/2017 and has been prepared as a reference document to:
- Outline the role and powers of key NSW Government agencies and Council in managing asbestos;
- Provide general advice for residents or businesses to assist them manage asbestos appropriately;
- Identify procedures to be implemented to address asbestos when assessing applications for development; and
- Describe Council’s procedures for managing asbestos in its workplace.
The Management Plan was formulated to be consistent with Council’s legislative obligations and within the scope of Council’s powers. The Plan must be read in conjunction with relevant
legislation, guidelines and codes of practice. In the case of any discrepancies, the most recent legislation is applicable.
The Management Plan is based on the Model Asbestos Policy for NSW Councils developed by the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Office of Local Government to promote a consistent Local Government approach to asbestos management across NSW.