Asbestos – 16th July 2018

Asbestos is synonymous with hazardous waste and considered difficult to dispose of but if you have the correct contacts it needn’t be a headache.

Asbestos was banned from being used in the UK in 1999 so any building work carried out prior to this date has the potential to contain asbestos. Being very hazardous extreme caution should be taken if you are concerned you have asbestos. If you do find asbestos you will need to employ an experienced specialist to remove it. Although it is relatively safe unless broken down as soon as it is broken the dust it produces is extremely harmful. Although some people do attempt removal themselves we would strongly advise against it and recommend you enlist the services of an approved specialist contractor.

Many local authorities will not accept asbestos in local recycling centres. However some councils actually offer a collection service which is often subsidised and can be a cheap option though can often involve a wait. For this reason many people choose to use a specialist contractor. Although private contractors tend to be dearer they are usually able to carry out the removal a lot quicker, usually within a few days of your enquiry.

To find a reputable contractor we recommend using someone who is a member of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association. Any company operating and dealing with asbestos must, by law, hold a Hazardous Waste Carriers Licence and when they remove the asbestos they should provide you with a hazardous waste consignment note, which details what is being removed as well as the details of the parties involved.

Due to the hazardous nature of asbestos it is never worth cutting corners with its disposal. Whether you use the council, use a contractor or remove it yourself always make sure it is disposed of in a legal and ethical way. At although we do not deal in hazardous waste such as asbestos we work with many partner companies who provide a comprehensive and competitive service to ensure your peace of mind so please get in touch if you would like us to recommend a reputable company for this service.

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