Asbestos is hazardous to the environment and to the health of those who come in contact with it. Asbestos has been linked to serious health issues, including mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer that is difficult to treat. For this reason, it is the responsibility of a building owner to dispose of asbestos in a safe and responsible manner. Asbestos may not be placed in dustbins and it should not be removed by anyone except a professional, licensed asbestos removal contractor.
Duty of Care
When disposing of asbestos waste, it is critical to use proper waste management practices. There are provisions in the Environmental Protection Standards for Hazardous Wastes Regulations of 2001 that state that asbestos must be collected in suitable sealed packaging. The package must be labeled that it contains asbestos and removed as soon as possible for safe storage.
Small and Large Generators of Waste
There are different regulations for small generators of asbestos waste and large generators of waste. Normally, small generators secure asbestos in double-lined high-density polyethylene bags. Throughout London, there are locations where this type of asbestos waste can be delivered. Large generators, such as companies that dispose of asbestos cement pipes or other large items that may contain asbestos, more stringent requirements are necessary. These items may need to be sprayed with Poly Vinyl Acetate and water to reduce the chance that fibers could enter the air.
Options for Disposal
One option for disposing of asbestos-containing materials is in a sanitary landfill, although the landfill would need to have strict hazardous waste regulations. Another option is to dispose of large asbestos-containing materials is at a central site. The site could be located near large generators, including sugar factories which often have a large quantity of asbestos material. However, the site would need a feasibility study and an Environmental Impact Assessment. In some cases, it may be beneficial for sugar factories and estates to create their own asbestos disposal site.
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