Wingecarribee Shire Council is reminding residents of changes to conditions of disposal when disposing of asbestos at the Moss Vale Resource Recovery Centre (RRC).
As of 1 February 2017 and in line with the NSW Environmental Protection Authority’s broader management of asbestos, asbestos must be presented for disposal as follows:
- Quantities of less than 20kg double bagged in approved heavy duty asbestos bags or in an approved asbestos bulk storage bag
- Quantities of more than 20kg in approved asbestos bulk storage bags
“The RRC is licenced to hold a relatively small amount of asbestos and we ask that customers phone ahead when disposing of a load greater than 500 kilograms,” said Council’s Waste Education Officer Esther Landells.
“The manufacture and use of asbestos was banned only ten years ago and disposal is now a problem,” Ms Landells said. “Fibres are hazardous when inhaled and can be released into the air when products are incorrectly handled, stored or transported for disposal.”
“As a general rule Council suggests anyone undertaking any removal of asbestos to have a licensed contractor undertake the job,” Ms Landells added. “It’s imperative that anyone attempting to remove asbestos themselves, no matter how small the quantity, take the proper measures to protect themselves and their families.”
Asbestos storage bags are available for purchase in a range of sizes from the RRC costing between $8 and $130.
The RRC is located at 177 Berrima Road, Moss Vale. For more information visit www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/rrc-conditions-asbestos or call Council on 02 4868 0888.