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Asbestos disposal

Asbestos is hazardous waste, it can only be disposed of at certain recycling centres.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is hazardous waste. Inhaling asbestos fibres can cause serious and life threatening diseases, often many years after the fibres have been inhaled. Asbestos is responsible for around 5,000 deaths per year in the UK.

If you think a product contains asbestos but are not sure, the manufacturer or supplier should be able to help you.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has more information about asbestos (opens in a new window), including examples of what asbestos looks like (opens in a new window).

Asbestos disposal at Dorset Waste Partnership Recycling Centres

Limited amounts of cement-bonded asbestos only can be taken to Blandford, Christchurch, Wareham or Weymouth recycling centres, as they are specially permitted to allow this.

A one-off delivery of up to 3 cement-bonded sheets of a maximum size of 1.2m x 1.8m (approx 4ft x 6ft) or 6 bags (a bag is defined as one equivalent to a small, plastic, sand/aggregate type bag from a standard DIY store, or similar, that can be safely lifted by one person) is allowed per household.

Only asbestos that has not resulted from building or demolition work, such as occasional roof sheet or tiles, may be taken to a recycling centre 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 staff suspect is asbestos will be treated as asbestos.

Asbestos disposal

Asbestos disposal must be pre-booked before being taken to one of these sites and then paid for on delivery:

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