Asbestos-containing household wastes
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material used in many products to add strength, durability and fire resistance.
Inhaling asbestos fibers can cause cancer.
Asbestos may be either friable or non-friable.
- Friable asbestos can be crumbled to a powder by hand when dry and is the most dangerous form.
- Nonfriable asbestos can’t easily be pulverized to a powder, but non-friable asbestos-containing products can be damaged to the extent that it becomes friable during handling or demolition activities.
Asbestos hasn’t been totally banned from building products and may be found in homes of any age, including new construction.
Products that may contain asbestos include floor tile and mastics (glue), roof shingles, wall and ceiling textures, drywall and drywall joint compound, vermiculite insulation and pipe, duct and boiler insulation.
- The most important thing in removing, handling, transporting and disposing of asbestos is to do so in a way that prevents airborne release of asbestos fibers.
- If you're the homeowner, you may remove asbestos from your primary residence without obtaining a permit from us.
- Contact us for procedures you should use when removing asbestos to protect yourself and your family.
- If you choose not to do the work yourself, you must hire a certified asbestos contractor to do the work.
You and/or your certified asbestos contractor must dispose of waste asbestos materials properly.
- Friable asbestos waste and non-friable asbestos waste damaged to the point of being friable must be properly packaged before being transported to the landfill whether you do the work yourself or have a contractor do it.
It must be tightly sealed in at least two 6-mil, leak-tight polyethylene bags or in a wrapping or other container we deem equivalent.
The outermost layer of the packaging must be labeled with a waste shipment manifest label that gives your name and address and either of the following statements in letters at least a half-inch tall:
Avoid Opening or Breaking Container
Breathing Asbestos Is Hazardous to Your Health
Contains Asbestos Fibers
Avoid Creating Dust
Cancer and Lung Disease Hazard
Not all landfills can or will accept asbestos waste for disposal. Friable asbestos and non-friable asbestos damaged to the point of being friable may be disposed of only in landfills expressly authorized to accept these wastes.
Contact the landfill operator for approval before transporting the waste for disposal.