Asbestos

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.

Download Asbestos Fact Sheet

Asbestos Disposal Procedure

The Asbestos (Special Waste) Disposal Procedure outlines the minimum requirements for the safe disposal of asbestos waste at the Lithgow Solid Waste Facility. This procedure applies to members of the public and Licenced Asbestos Contractors disposing of asbestos waste. Asbestos Waste from outside the Lithgow LGA will not be accepted at the Lithgow Solid Waste Facility Lithgow Solid Waste Facility - Asbestos Waste 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:

  1. Wet down
  2. Double wrapped and taped dust tight
  3. Booked in for immediate burial – At Lithgow Solid Waste Facility
  4. Please call (02) 6351 2486 – an appointment is essential

 

Loose-fill Asbestos

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:

www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/ftw/Tenants_and_home_owners/Loose_fill_asbestos_insulation.page

Download Loose fill asbestos - a householders guide

Useful LInks

NSW Department of Environment and Conservation
www.epa.nsw.gov.au

WorkCover NSW
www.workcover.nsw.gov.au