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How to remove and dispose of Asbestos

How is asbestos removed?

Licencing for asbestos removalists is regulated and administered by NSW WorkCover Authority.  Approval must be sought from WorkCover for the demolition and removal of asbestos.

Since 1 January 2008, a bonded asbestos licence has been required in NSW to remove more than 10m2 of bonded asbestos material. A licensed bonded asbestos removalist can remove any amount of bonded asbestos material. The two types of asbestos licences are designated as Class A and Class B licences.

  • Class A licences the operator to carry out work with friable and bonded asbestos
  • Class B licences the operator to carry out work with bonded asbestos only.

Information about choosing a qualified asbestos consultant is available from WorkCover or their web site http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au

Asbestos removal and disposal

Asbestos is a dangerous substance and laws govern the collection, removal, transportation, storage and disposal of asbestos waste.

Asbestos waste must be taken to a waste facility that that can specifically accept asbestos waste otherwise both the waste owner and the transporter could be guilty of an offence. The maximum penalties for corporations are $1,000,000 and $250,000 for an individual. Penalty Infringement Notices (PIN) vary between $750 and $5,000 for offences.

All asbestos laden waste, including asbestos cement flat and corrugated sheets must be disposed of at a tipping facility licenced by the Office of Environment and Heritage.

Strathfield Council does not operate asbestos waste disposal facilities.  However, information on waste facilities (including hours of operation) that will accept asbestos are available from SITA Environmental Services (formerly WSN). Always contact the landfill beforehand to find out when asbestos is accepted and any requirements for delivering asbestos to the landfill.