Where Does Asbestos Go Once Removed?5th February 2020
If you’ve discovered asbestos in your property, it’s crucial you hire a professional asbestos removal company instead of trying to do it yourself, as any disturbance of asbestos fibres can cause extensive health issues to those who inhale them. Unfortunately, asbestos was used for a number of items during the 1900s to the 1980s, therefore there is still a high risk of encountering asbestos when working in various industries (such as construction). If you’re having an asbestos removal service carried out, you might be wondering what happens to the asbestos after removal, so below we’ve outlined the guidelines surrounding asbestos disposal – and why using a professional asbestos removal service is crucial for optimum safety.
How to dispose of asbestos
Hiring an expert asbestos removal company will ensure all asbestos materials and asbestos-contaminated materials are removed in the safest way possible. Qualified and experienced professionals will come to the contaminated area, wearing protective clothing and with equipment designed to remove asbestos with minimal disruption.
They will firstly spray water onto the asbestos to prevent fibres from being released into the air when they remove it and will continue to spray the area with water throughout the process. Then, workers begin to carefully unbolt fixtures and remove the asbestos, placing it and everything that has touched it into an asbestos container, which will later be transported to a landfill.
All disposable equipment must be also placed in the asbestos containers to ensure contamination isn’t spread from area to area. Workers will be wearing disposable plastic clothing so they can clean themselves down with water and throw the protective clothing away after the removal is complete.
How should asbestos be transported?
Asbestos must be double bagged by a professional and then sealed in a lockable skip to be directly transported to a licensed landfill. If you’ve only got a small amount of asbestos to remove, you’ll still have to double bag the asbestos but it can be transported in a specialist van instead which must be locked at all times during transportation.
Where do you dispose of asbestos?
All professional asbestos waste removal services are a registered waste carrier, so are able to legally transport asbestos to a licensed disposal area with minimal risk to the surroundings.
Due to the high toxicity of asbestos, it’s important asbestos is contained in a clearly signposted area, away from any area people may stumble across. All containers with asbestos waste in them must be clearly labelled and any bags containing asbestos are often red with warnings printed directly onto them.
Asbestos waste is disposed of in a landfill that has a specific permit authorising it to accept asbestos. You may be able to dispose of asbestos waste in a non-hazardous waste landfill, provided it is landfilled within a separate area.
Here at Asbestos Waste Removal, our expert team is trained to the highest standard to provide a comprehensive and efficient asbestos disposal service for domestic and commercial customers. We believe in a reliable and safe approach to asbestos disposal is fundamental to minimising health risks to our staff and people occupying the property. For more information on our services, please get in touch with a member of our team today.This entry was posted in Asbestos Disposal, Asbestos Removal. Bookmark the permalink.