Hazardous waste disposal - asbestos
Advice about how to safely dispose of asbestos in Dorset.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos was widely used as a building material in the UK between the 1950s and the mid-1980s. Any building built before 2000 can contain asbestos.
Asbestos materials in good condition are safe unless they are disturbed or damaged and asbestos fibres become airborne. When asbestos fibres are inhaled they can cause serious diseases, which are responsible for around 5000 deaths a year.
It is not always easy to tell whether a product contains asbestos, but it may be found in the following:
- storage heaters
- asbestos lagging
- warm air heating systems
- insulating boards
- sprayed asbestos
- asbestos cement
- textured plasters
- materials for stippling ceilings and walls
There are different types of asbestos, some presenting a greater risk to health than others.
If you think a product contains asbestos but are not sure, the manufacturer or supplier should be able to help you.
Asbestos is classed as hazardous waste and its disposal is strictly regulated.
Asbestos resulting from building or demolition work, even if you undertook this work yourself, cannot be taken to any Dorset household recycling centre (HRC), and must be disposed of using a properly licensed hazardous waste contractor, either organised by yourself if you have undertaken the building or demolition work, or by the business undertaking work on your behalf.
Disposal of asbestos that has come from building or demolition work undertaken by a business or tradesperson on your behalf is also classed as commercial waste, and cannot be disposed of at any Dorset HRC, even if your builder or tradesperson has told you it can.
Asbestos must not be put into any container provided by the Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) for your kerbside rubbish or recycling collections.
Asbestos disposal at Household Recycling Centres
Only asbestos that has not resulted from building or demolition work, such as the occasional roof sheet or tiles, may be taken to a HRC that is permitted to take asbestos.
This service is not intended for frequent or high volume use. The DWP only provides this service for occasional small quantities that arise around the home.
Any item that site staff suspect is asbestos will be treated as asbestos.
Only the following DWP HRCs are permitted to take cement-bonded asbestos:
- Christchurch household recycling centre
- Blandford waste management centre
- Wareham household recycling centre
- Weymouth household recycling centre (Lodmoor)
From 1 September 2016, asbestos delivered to these sites must be:
- Pre-booked via our online asbestos booking form (opens in a new window)
- Cement-bonded type only
- Double-bagged and sealed
- Paid for on site on the pre-booked delivery date
- From your property, which must be in Dorset
- A one-off delivery of up to 3 x sheets of no more than 6 feet x 4 feet, or 6 bags. A bag is defined as one equivalent to a small, plastic, sand/aggregate bag from a standard DIY store (or similar) that can be safely lifted by one person
You will be expected to load the asbestos into the skip yourself - staff are not permitted to assist.