Checking for Asbestos before Renovating

Before renovating or doing maintenance work on your home, you need to confirm if it possibly contains asbestos. If your home was built or renovated before 1987, it is likely that it will. If so, you need to know how to remove and dispose of the asbestos 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 SafeWork NSW. If you are removing asbestos, advise your neighbours of the time and date of removal, and the name of the licensed removalist.

Asbestos Disposal

Asbestos is classified as a hazardous material. There are strict guidelines about how it should be packaged, labelled, transported and where it can be disposed. The Albury Waste Management Centre (AWMC) can lawfully receive asbestos waste in the designated area.

  • Ensure asbestos waste has been wetted, wrapped in 200um thick plastic, and sealed with tape before it is transported to a landfill site that may lawfully receive the waste;
  • It must be clearly labelled as 'asbestos waste'; and
  • It must be transported in a covered, leak-proof vehicle.

If you are thinking about renovating or doing home maintenance, call 1800 272 378 or go to:

For information about the disposal of asbestos, contact the AWMC on 02 6043 5860.