When asbestos materials age or become damaged (i.e. when drilled, sawn, scrubbed or sanded) they can release toxic fibers into the air.
Asbestos is prevalent in many building constructions which were completed prior to 1999. Since then there have been strict regulations for the maintenance and disposal of asbestos in the UK, in order to minimise the associated health risks.
How do I know if I have found asbestos?
There are many variations of asbestos, depending on the use. For the best advice on identifying asbestos, we advise going to the Asbestos Information Centre website.
How do I dispose of asbestos?
Cardiff Council cannot dispose of your business’s asbestos waste.
You must not put any asbestos waste in your normal bins or bags for collection by Cardiff Council. You are also not permitted to dispose of any amount of asbestos waste in our skips.
Asbestos must be collected and disposed of by specialist companies who hold the appropriate licenses. We are unable to recommend an asbestos specialist for removal, however, we strongly advise that you make sure they are licensed for asbestos removal and are a registered waste carrier.
What happens if I accidently dispose of asbestos in my bin/skip?
If we identify potential asbestos products in your waste, and a test confirms this, you will liable for the cost of the test and also the cost for specialist disposal of the full load that the asbestos is found in.
Need more information?
For further information on asbestos we recommend looking at the Asbestos Information Centre website.