Daventry District Council no longer provides permits that will allow residents to dispose of a small amount of asbestos waste. For further information on the disposal of your asbestos waste please contact Northamptonshire County Council or please telephone Brackmills Waste Transfer Station on 0121 333 2118 to arrange a disposal time.
Asbestos is a dangerous substance that can cause severe respiratory illness and must be disposed of with care. Asbestos was extensively used in buildings built during the first part of the last century. The use of asbestos is banned in the European Union.
If you discover asbestos or asbestos bonded materials in your home during building work or DIY activities the general advice is to leave it alone. If the material is damaged or you have to remove it, you must make arrangements for its safe removal and disposal.
How can I dispose of my asbestos?
You can hire a licensed, specialist company to remove and/or dispose of the asbestos for you. Such companies advertise locally or in the yellow pages.
Alternatively small quantities of ‘bonded asbestos’, arising from household maintenance and repairs, can be taken by you, the householder, to our Waste Transfer Station operated by SITA, located on the Brackmills Industrial Estate in Northampton under the Asbestos Disposal Scheme. Please telephone Brackmills Waste Transfer Station on 0121 333 2118 to arrange a disposal time. Depending on the type of asbestos, a charge may be incurred. This scheme is only available for asbestos from your own home and not for trade waste.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fibre. The three main types of asbestos are white (chrysotile), brown (amosite) and blue (crocidolite). However they cannot be identified by their colour alone. Brown and blue were banned for use in 1986 and white was banned in 1998.
Hard Bonded Asbestos is the most commonly found form of asbestos in the home. It contains asbestos fibres in a cement base and was used on garage roofs and sometimes garage walls and perhaps most familiarly, as the iron stand on an ironing board. It can also be found in some Warm Air Heating Systems, Storage Heaters, Textured ceiling coatings, vinyl floor tiles and numerous other items. Please refer to the Health and Safety Executive's Website for further details.
Brown and blue (un-bonded) asbestos are the most dangerous forms associated with human diseases and are sometimes found in older buildings as insulation, pipe lagging, ceiling tiles and internal walls and panels.
WARNING - Fibrous (unbonded) asbestos should only be removed by a licensed, specialist contractor. It is too dangerous to remove yourself. In this case you must contact a specialist contractor who is authorised to collect and dispose of asbestos waste.
What are the health risks associated with Asbestos?
Inhalation of asbestos, even at low exposure levels can cause scarring of the lungs, lung cancer and cancer of the inner lining of the chest wall or abdominal cavity. It is therefore important to avoid all release of asbestos dust to the air.
How do I minimise these risks?
It is strongly recommended that disposable protective clothing and a disposable mask suitable for use with asbestos are used. Damping down the waste and keeping it damp will assist in reducing the release of fibres to the air. Areas where the removal has taken place should be thoroughly wiped with damp cloths. Protective clothing and cleaning equipment should be treated as asbestos waste on completion of the task and disposed of accordingly.
IMPORTANT: Never use a vacuum cleaner to clear up asbestos waste.
Home Hazardous Waste Products
Products intended for use in the home are normally designed and supplied in a form and at a strength that minimises the risk they pose, and can normally be disposed of down a drain. This type of waste will normally be diluted sufficiently by the other waste collected with it, that it will not be a risk to human health or the environment. However, some precautions should be taken.
Where it is acceptable for it to be flushed down a drain, this drain must be one connected to a foul sewer (e.g. toilet , sink, outside sink drain) and not the surface water drains at roadsides etc., Additional caution should be exercised if the property is connected to a septic tank system.
Other Hazardous Waste
These types of waste include:
- Batteries (not household)
- Weed killers
- Rat poison
- Paint stripper
DO NOT POUR ANY OF THESE DOWN DRAINS AS THEY WILL POLLUTE RIVERS AND STREAMS.
Please read manufactures disposal instructions carefully and dispose of in the appropriate way, alternatively you can take them to you local Household Waste Recycling Centres for correct, safe disposal.