Preparing for asbestos collection

If you have to take down a structure that contains asbestos cement, take these safety measures:
  • clear the area surrounding the structure before starting work
  • pre-wet (with water) the asbestos cement you are dealing with
  • wear gloves and a disposable face mask suitable for working with asbestos
  • remove the asbestos cement with as little breakage as possible – do not break it up unnecessarily
  • use hand tools, not power tools – this will reduce the amount of dust
  • wrap and seal large pieces in heavy duty plastic sheeting (plastic sheeting can be purchased at most DIY or hardware stores)
  • damp down any debris and place it in double plastic bags, together with smaller pieces of asbestos and your used face masks and gloves
We will collect the asbestos cement as long as:
  • it is wrapped and sealed in heavy duty plastic sheeting
  • it is stacked in quantities that two people can handle easily
  • any asbestos cement debris is sealed in double plastic sacks

Page last updated: 5 October 2022

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