Bonded asbestos containing materials are considered low risk if they are sealed, undisturbed and in good condition. They can however, pose a potential and serious health when disturbed, damaged or weathered. To avoid any potential health hazards, it is critical all asbestos containing material is properly handled, removed and disposed of.
All homeowners should seek accurate information and advice prior to commencing any home maintenance or renovation.
If you discover or suspect you have found asbestos containing materials in your home contact Council on (02) 4560 4444 for further advice and consider engaging a licenced professional to test the material. Most importantly, if you think it might be asbestos, treat it like it is.
As dictated by law, a licensed asbestos removal contractor must be contacted for the removal of:
- All friable asbestos
- More than ten (10) metres of bonded asbestos (about the size of a small bathroom)
- If bonded asbestos is damaged or weathered
All asbestos containing materials must be disposed of at a licensed facility. Please note Asbestos is NOT accepted at the Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility.
To find a facility that accepts household asbestos, please visit the NSW EPA’s website .
Always contact the facility or local Council beforehand to confirm whether they accept household asbestos, what their requirements are for packaging and delivering the asbestos and whether you must book prior, as many facilities will require a booking request at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance.
Important Information and Links
- Asbestos Awareness website - created by the Asbestos Education Committee, this website provides a comprehensive guide on all aspects of asbestos for home renovators and tradesman
- SafeWork NSW - provides advice on licenses, licensed contractors and guidelines necessary for asbestos removal at home and in the workplace