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Asbestos is often found when old buildings are being demolished. While it is fine in its solid form, asbestos breaks down quickly becoming a carcinogenic hazardous waste. This is why it is treated as hazardous in all forms, no matter where it has come from and you should take precautions to avoid coming into contact with it.
The construction and demolition industry are the most likely people to come across asbestos, but we are always happy to help anyone who finds it whether you are at home or at work.
If you are not sure whether a material contains asbestos or not, you should always treat it as a hazardous material until you know for certain whether it is or not. At WasteSURE, we will test the material through an independent waste analysis company as soon as possible to find out exactly what it is composed of before taking any further action.
Identifying Materials and Waste Composition
A lot of the time, it is very obvious where the asbestos is; for example, many old buildings contain tiles which are easy to identify. However, there are some instances where you may need to use waste analysis to determine the exact composition of the waste product.
Interpret – Allocating the Correct Waste Code
There are two waste codes that may apply to asbestos and both are hazardous. However, getting the right waste code is important as this is the foundation of your duty of care and will influence the way that you carry and dispose of your waste.
Quantifying Your Waste
In most cases, just the presence of asbestos will determine it as a hazardous waste which needs to be treated with caution. However, there may be some instances where there may be such a small trace that it is regarded as non-hazardous.
Solutions according to the waste type
As asbestos comes in many forms, we will create a solution for you that incorporates the type you are disposing of as well as the conditions of your particular site. Where necessary, we will perform a site visit to see where we can maximise the efficiency of the removal process.
Our Network of Providers
We will arrange for a specialist asbestos removal company to deal with the waste material. They will ensure that all the asbestos is removed as quickly as possible, minimizing any potential for contamination.
Removing Asbestos From a Large Demolition Site
We will provide safe routes for the waste to travel out of the building and offer segregated waste enclosures and lockable skips to ensure that no other waste is contaminated and the hazardous waste is kept securely.