Asbestos disposal information

There are legal requirements for the safe disposal and dumping of asbestos:

  • Asbestos is a hazardous material that can have health effects to yourself and others if asbestos fibres become airborne;
  • Asbestos waste is a regulated waste;
  • Asbestos waste must be disposed of at a landfill site that can lawfully receive asbestos waste.  Kirknie Landfill is able to receive asbestos waste;
  • It is illegal to dispose of asbestos waste in domestic garbage bins;
  • It is illegal to re-use, recycle or illegally dump asbestos products; and
  • It is illegal to store, sell or give away asbestos.

There are two options for disposing of asbestos:

  • Asbestos waste is double-wrapped in 0.2 mm thick plastic bags or sheeting, sealed with tape and labelled double wrapped and transported to a landfill site that accepts asbestos. There are also laws surrounding the transport of asbestos.

Label all bags with an appropriate warning such as:
CAUTION – ASBESTOS
DO NOT DAMAGE OR OPEN BAG
DO NOT INHALE DUST

  • Asbestos waste is placed into a plastic-lined industrial skip that may have been provided by a waste contractor with an environmental authority to transport regulated waste.
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Requirements for transporting asbestos

There are different legal requirements when transporting asbestos.

As a general guide, 250 kg of typical asbestos waste would occupy about a quarter of a normal household trailer.

Homeowners

Less than 250 kg of asbestos waste

The regulated waste transport laws do not apply if you are transporting less than 250 kg of asbestos waste in a vehicle on a non-commercial basis.  While approval is not required, you must transport and dispose of the asbestos waste promptly, safely and legally.

Asbestos waste can be disposed of only at Kirknie Landfill.  Kirknie Landfill is opened Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm and Saturdays from 8.00am to 12.00pm.

Place the double wrapped/bagged asbestos waste (labelled as containing asbestos) in a trailer or in the back of a utility or truck.  Secure your load and ensure the plastic wrappings/bags are not at risk of ripping. Follow the operators directions when you arrive at Kirknie Landfill.

Alternatively, you may choose to engage a commercial contractor to transport and dispose of the waste for you.

250 kg or more of asbestos waste

The regulated waste transport laws apply if you are transporting 250 kg or more of waste asbestos in a vehicle on a non-commercial basis.  The best option would be to engage a commercial contractor to undertake the transport and disposal.

Commercial contractors can advise you on how the asbestos waste must be packaged for transport and disposal.  They can provide different bags, bins and containers, including drums and skips, for asbestos waste.

Before engaging a commercial contractor, it is critically important that you check whether they hold a current environmental authority to transport regulated waste.  You can confirm this with the contractor as a copy of the environmental authority must be kept with the vehicle.

Waste removalists can be found in the Yellow Pages under ‘asbestos’ or ‘rubbish removal’.

Contractors and businesses

Less than 250 kg of asbestos waste

An environmental authority to transport regulated waste and the completion of waste transport certificates is not required for the non-commercial transportation of less than 250 kg of asbestos waste.  Therefore, if the main purpose of your commercial operation is not transporting regulated waste, but you transport asbestos waste as an incidental part of carrying out your main business, you do not need to hold an environmental authority for regulated waste transport or complete waste transport certificates when transporting less than 250 kg of asbestos waste.

For example, if you are a plumber and you are carrying out plumbing works that results in the production of asbestos waste, you do not need an environmental authority to take the asbestos waste to the landfill if the load is less than 250 kg (because transporting asbestos waste is not the main purpose of your business).

250 kg or more of asbestos waste

The regulated waste transport laws apply if you are transporting 250 kg or more of asbestos waste in a vehicle on a non-commercial basis. Therefore, you will need to either:

Transporting asbestos waste on a commercial basis

The regulated waste transport laws apply if you are transporting any quantity of asbestos in a vehicle on a commercial basis.  Commercial basis means that the primary objective of the operator is to, or includes, transport of regulated waste.

More information can be found on Council’s Environmental and Public Health Page.  http://www.burdekin.qld.gov.au/asbestos/

Some excellent resources for issues relating to asbestos, including undertaking minor renovations in your home can be found here http://deir.qld.gov.au/asbestos/publications/guidance.htm

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