Dealing with asbestos waste
Decided to renovate your home or business in Leyland? Skip hire Leyland is guaranteed to speed up rubbish removal, and a reputable skip hire company, like Adlington Skips, could save you tedious trips to the local tip, allowing you to focus on getting the job done. However, you mustn’t load your skip with unprohibited items, like asbestos.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a highly toxic, carcinogenic (cancer-causing) material that’s known to be damaging to human health, as well as the environment. It must be removed and disposed of correctly by a fully licensed company.
Soft and flexible, it can be pulled into a fluffy consistency, which explains why it was used extensively in the construction industry from the 1950s to the mid-1980s. Here in the UK, asbestos imports were banned in 1999.
What is it commonly found in?
Asbestos can be found in schools, churches, public buildings, hospitals and homes that were built before 2000. It’s also found in many of the common materials used in the building trade and hides in:
- ceiling or floor cavities
- floor tiles and textiles
- insulating boards
- roofing felt
- sprayed coatings on ceilings, walls and beams
- textured coatings
How do you dispose of asbestos waste?
Knowing what to do with asbestos waste is often the hardest part. Waste that consists of more than 0.1% of asbestos is classified as hazardous – meaning it needs to be specially disposed of.
The best way to dispose of hazardous waste is to hire a licensed removal team who has the skill and expertise to safely handle materials containing asbestos.
Large sheets shouldn’t be broken up. Instead, wrap them in a polythene sheet and make sure they are clearly labelled. Asbestos waste must be double-bagged – including any overalls, shoes, Respiratory Protection Equipment (RPE) that have been in contact with the material. It should also be transported in a sealed container or a locked skip.
Can asbestos waste go in skips?
With asbestos waste being extremely toxic, it must be disposed of correctly, in the safest way possible.
Although skip hire Leyland is a great way to get rid of rubbish quickly, unfortunately, you cannot put asbestos waste inside a standard skip as it can compromise the recyclability of other waste materials. It can also cause serious health problems and result in a hefty fine for not complying with stringent regulations for skip hire Leyland.
If you’d like to know more about how to dispose of asbestos, or to find out what other materials need to be kept out of skips, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Adlington Skips on 01257 474 747. They are always on hand to help and will happily share their expertise.