Asbestos disposal must be carefully completed and according to regulations. Any waste material that contains more than 0.1 % of asbestos is considered and classed as hazardous or special waste. This includes any contaminated building materials, rubble, dust as well as contaminated tools that cannot be decontaminated, disposal personal protection equipment and rags used for cleaning the site. If personal clothing worn during the asbestos removal process has been exposed, it will also need to be correctly disposed of.
It is highly recommended that the services of an authorised asbestos disposal company are used for the correct and safe disposal of any asbestos contaminated waste. The contaminated materials must be placed in suitable packaging to prevent the release of any fibres. It must be double bagged, or double wrapped and appropriately labelled. The standard way of doing this is by placing the contaminated materials in a red inner bag that has the appropriate asbestos warning labels. This bag is then placed in a clear outer bag that is also clearly marked with appropriate hazard markings. Larger pieces of asbestos waste such as intact ceiling boards and textured coatings are not broken into smaller pieces. Instead, they are also double wrapped in suitable polythene sheeting – 1000 gauge is appropriate, and clearly labelled.
The authorised asbestos removal company, one with a waste carriers licence will then place these into a locked, covered skip. They will transport the secure containers to a licensed disposal site.
An asbestos disposal site will issue a waste consignment note after receiving the asbestos waste. The notes must be kept for a period of 3 years.
There are 3 different ways in which asbestos waste can be recycled once it has been sent to the asbestos disposal site. The asbestos waste can be heated in a sodium hydrogen solution to a temperature above 1250 degree Celsius. This breaks down the asbestos. The process results in a type of glass that is non-hazardous. The second method is by using a microwave thermal treatment. The remnants of the asbestos after this process are used for ceramic bricks and porcelain tiles. The last method involves inserting the asbestos waste into a high speed mill so that it can be processed on into inert materials.
Asbestos disposal must be completed by an authorised company specialising in safe asbestos disposal. Asbestos Associated follow all hazardous waste regulations. Our team of experts will provide a complete HSE licensed asbestos removal service. We are committed to providing a safe asbestos removal service and ensure that all works are carried out with complete professionalism and in accordance with industry and health and safety standards. Our expert team ensures that the entire process is safely, professionally and efficiently completed. We can assist you with any asbestos-related concerns. These include asbestos surveys, asbestos testing, asbestos removal and asbestos disposal.