Checking for Asbestos before renovating
Before renovating or doing maintenance work on your home, find out if it is likely to contain asbestos and know what to do to remove and dispose of it safely.
If more than 10 square metres of bonded asbestos needs to be removed, you must engage a bonded asbestos removalist who is licensed by WorkCover. If you are removing asbestos, advise your neighbours of the time and date of removal, and the name of the licensed removalist.
Asbestos is classified as a hazardous material. There are strict guidelines about how it should be packaged and transported, and where it can be disposed.
All asbestos must be specially wrapped, labelled and disposed at a facility that can lawfully receive asbestos waste.
If you are a home renovator, remember:
- asbestos needs to be packaged correctly, this means wrapped in 200um Polythene plastic and tapped so there are no gaps
- asbestos can be transported in a householders own vehicle and is required to be unloaded by the person bringing in the load
- on arrival to the AWMC the householder will be required to separate the asbestos material and dispose of in the designated area
In Albury asbestos can be delivered to the Albury Waste Management Centre (AWMC). For information on delivery of asbestos call this facility on 02 6043 5860.