Thirty tonnes of bonded asbestos have been collected across the northern rivers in the last three months, as part of the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Household Asbestos Disposal Scheme. But we want more!
Under a 12 month trial, local Councils including Byron, Ballina, Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley, Lismore, Tweed and Kyogle Councils are offering reduced disposal costs for asbestos between 30% and 50%. Councils are also offering householder kits, which can be used for the removal of up to 10m2 of bonded asbestos.
In the first three months of the program councils have responded to five illegal dumps containing asbestos across the region, with loads often dumped in bushland or local creeks. Clean up costs for asbestos are expensive, as licensed professionals must be employed to remove and clean the illegal dumpsite.
‘Residents in the Northern Rivers under the asbestos trial scheme can dispose of up to five tonnes by using a licensed asbestos removalist, Tash Morton said. “ To participate in the program residents should contact their local council to register for the scheme or download the online form. A list of registered asbestos removalists are also available on our website at www.newaste.com.au/asbestos/ ‘.
It is a legal requirement that where more than 10 square metres of asbestos sheeting is to be removed, or the building is a work site where trades people and delivery people will be working, that a Workcover accredited contractor must be engaged to safely remove and transport the asbestos building waste. Heavy penalties apply for failure to comply with this Workplace Health and Safety requirement.
Ten square metres are approximately three sheets of 2400 mm X 1200 mm of bonded asbestos. The householder kits are for sale from Nammoona Landfill, Casino and Evans Head Council Offices for $110 and include all the safety gear required to safely remove 10m2 and bag for transport. The fee includes a disposal voucher for the materials at Nammoona Landfill in Casino.
Tash Morton from North East Waste explains, “Residents may also use other participating tips in the region without the use of the kit. However, householders must follow important safety requirements to ensure that the people performing asbestos removal, and anyone who uses the space after the asbestos has been removed, are not harmed by the asbestos fibres left behind after the job has been completed. When householders arrive with their double wrapped load at the tip, under the scheme the Council will accept a maximum of 250kg at the reduced fee”.
Participating landfills in the northern rivers and the cost of asbestos disposal under the HADS include Kyogle Landfill ($80/T), Wyrallah Road Landfill at Lismore ($200/T), Grafton Landfill ($151.30/T), Stotts Creek Landfill in Tweed ($85/T), and Nammoona Landfill in Casino ($154.60/T).
This project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy. For more information on the scheme go to www.newaste.com.au/asbestos/
N: Tash Morton
P: (02) 6684 5571
For further information, or a personal comment from General Manager John Walker, please contact Sharon Davidson on 02 6660 0257 or 0419 401 214
Media release: Tuesday 21 October 2014