Do you have asbestos waste which you need to dispose of? If so, our asbestos waste collection and asbestos disposal services may be of interest. We explain "what is asbestos waste", summarise our services and discuss the topic in general below.
What is asbestos waste?
You may recently have discovered actual or suspected asbestos waste in your premises. These could be commercial, in the home, or perhaps in a government building.
It is vital for the safety of all concerned that this waste is safely removed by trained and licensed contractors. As well as being vital, it is also a legal requirement! In this article, we describe the Safeline Environmental approach to asbestos waste collection and our asbestos disposal services.
According to the Health & Safety Executive in their Disposal of Asbestos Waste EM9 Guidelines, asbestos waste is:
“Any asbestos product or material that is ready for disposal is defined as asbestos waste. Asbestos waste also includes contaminated building materials, tools that cannot be decontaminated, personal protective equipment and damp rags used for cleaning. If in doubt, always treat waste as ‘Hazardous’ or ‘Special”
What is hazardous or special asbestos waste?
In England & Wales any waste containing more than 0.1% asbestos is classed as “hazardous waste”, in Scotland this would be classified as “special waste”.
Asbestos waste could be any of 3,000+ historically used products but some common examples include:
- Building materials – asbestos cement-related products, boards and panels, caulking, cladding, coatings, felts, gaskets, insulation, packing yarns, paints, partitions, roofing sheets and slates, sealants, and textured coatings (e.g., Artex), asbestos tiles
- Household – blankets, curtains, hairdryers, ironing boards, mattresses, textiles, white goods, and wire and cable insulation and
- Soil – asbestos-contaminated soil, this could contain a range of asbestos contaminants including the historic burying of asbestos
Are collection and disposal the same or are they different?
They are different, some customers use us for both asbestos waste collection and asbestos waste disposal, whilst others arrange for us to only dispose of waste.
Asbestos waste collection
Therefore, with the Safeline asbestos waste collection service, we will collect and remove ANY asbestos-related waste from your premises, our service includes:
- Safeline is now a fully Environment Agency Permitted Waste Transfer Station for asbestos waste collection, carrying, and disposal
- Safeline will double wrap asbestos waste in UN-approved packaging:
- Inner bag – a red inner bag with asbestos warnings and
- Outer bag - clearly showing a CDG hazard label with a clearly visible asbestos code and information
- Safeline will transport asbestos in sealed containers, that are locked, are not over-filled and so will not spill out into the environment as we travel and
- We can also accept asbestos waste to our premises provided it is delivered by a registered waste carrier
The Safeline waste collection process
There are two methods of asbestos waste disposal, one is at our premises or alternatively, we can collect waste from your premises:
- Asbestos removal to Safeline premises
With our new calibrated digital weigh-bridge, waste can be brought to our premises and be accurately weighed prior to loading into our fibrous or bonded asbestos storage roll-on roll-off containers. A hazardous waste consignment note and weigh ticket are then generated to ensure regulatory compliance and traceability.
2. Asbestos collection from your premises
Alternatively, our highly trained operatives can collect asbestos from your home or premises with our vehicles. The waste is then brought back to our premises, weighed and a completed hazardous waste consignment note is emailed back to the client.
Final asbestos disposal services
Safeline will eventually dispose of asbestos waste, here are some facts about our asbestos waste disposal process:
- We dispose of both fibrous and cement-based asbestos waste
- We dispose of asbestos only at sites that are fully licensed to accept and process asbestos and
- Full documentation is provided including a hazardous waste consignment note
Why use Safeline Environmental?
Here are some great reasons to use Safeline for asbestos waste collection and asbestos waste disposal:
- We hold a Health and Safety Executive 3 year asbestos removal license
- We are a member of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA), see a confirmation of our listing here
- CHAS accredited contractor – we are accredited with CHAS (The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme)
- We are ISO accredited by Lloyds Register for ISO 9001, 14001, and 45001
- We hold £10 million for Employers Liability Insurance and £20 million for Public Liability Insurance
- We hold a certificate with Construction Line
- We are accredited at the upper tier (highest level) as an accredited carrier of asbestos waste click here to view our listing
- We are members of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and
- We are an accredited member, which verifies our health, safety, and ethical policies
Frequently asked questions about asbestos waste collection and asbestos disposal services
We are frequently asked questions about asbestos waste collection and asbestos waste disposal and summarise some questions received with answers below:
1) Can I take my asbestos waste to a rubbish tip?
Possibly, but only by pre-arrangement, probably for a fee and it may be the only way a local authority refuse site accepts asbestos waste is through an authorised carrier such as Safeline Environmental. Our advice is to check the asbestos waste disposal policy of your local authority as it will potentially vary considerably from one authority to another.
Asbestos is a hazardous substance; it can only be disposed of in landfills that are specifically designed for hazardous waste. It is equally worth mentioning that it is illegal to dispose of asbestos waste through household bins or recycling centres.
2) Can I bury asbestos in my garden or under land I own?
No. Asbestos is a dangerous substance not only for people burying the material, but also for those who may innocently disturb the soil at a later point in time. The UK government states that land containing asbestos in the soil is classified as contaminated land. Legally an owner would need to declare the land as being contaminated on the land registry. This would either dramatically reduce the property valuation or the owner would need to pay for professional asbestos disposal services before selling the land.
For further information read our related article – “Asbestos in Soil – Surveys, Risk Assessment & Removal”.
Contacting Safeline Environmental
You really cannot afford to adopt a laissez-faire approach where asbestos is concerned. For asbestos waste collection, survey and associated asbestos disposal services why not contact Safeline Environmental on 01299 251083? We provide a nationwide service and are available from Monday 8AM to Friday 6PM.
You are in safe hands with Safeline Environmental
Safeline is now a fully Environment Agency Permitted Waste Transfer Station for asbestos waste collection and disposal.
With our new calibrated digital weigh-bridge, waste can be brought to our premises and be accurately weighed prior to loading into our fiberous or bonded asbestos storage roll-on roll-off containers. A hazardous waste consignment note and weigh ticket is then generated to ensure regulatory compliance and traceability. Alternatively, our highly trained operatives can collect asbestos from your home or premises with our vehicles. The waste is then brought back to our premises, weighed and a completed hazardous waste consignment note is emailed back to the client.