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Asbestos Removal and Disposal

Many people are aware that asbestos is potentially harmful if care is not taken to avoid the release of fibres during removal and disposal. However, the risk of harm can be prevented by following some simple precautions. The removal, carriage and disposal of asbestos containing material are all controlled by the requirement for contractors to be licensed.

A summary of the regulations is included below and a useful summary of facts about asbestos in the home can be found in the Asbestos in Your Home factsheet (30 KB PDF)Opens in a new window.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that has been used in a range of building materials to make them more rigid and fire resistant from the 1950s through to the mid 1980s.

Why is asbestos hazardous?

Most people are exposed to low amounts of asbestos present in the atmosphere with no ill effects. Asbestos fibres and dust are potentially very dangerous if inhaled in higher concentrations over a period of time, when they can cause serious lung diseases including cancer. The symptoms of these diseases often do not appear for between 20-30 years after exposure to asbestos.

I have some roofing sheets from an old garage/shed which I think may contain asbestos. How do I know if it is asbestos?

If you are unsure if the material contains asbestos, contact one of the companies below for advice.

Can I cut it into smaller pieces?

No. Under no circumstances should you cut, saw or break up what you think may be asbestos sheeting, neither should wire brushes be used to remove moss etc. These actions can release asbestos fibres which are known to cause long term health problems if inhaled.

Can I take it to the recycling centre?

No. Angus Council does not have a department licensed to remove asbestos and the recycling centres or landfill site are not licensed to accept asbestos waste. Several local contractors are licensed and the following links may be of assistance.

Who can help with asbestos removal and disposal?

Who do I contact for further information?

ACCESSLine 08452 777 778

The Regulations

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 sets out the requirements for a license when working with asbestos. There are also reasons for exemption from the requirement for a license. Licenses are awarded by the Health & Safety Executive and further information including a list of approved license holders can be found on the Health & Safety Executive website.

The Waste Management Licensing Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2003 set out the requirements for a license at any site receiving controlled waste, and the conditions of the license will control whether this includes asbestos. The Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989 and the Controlled Waste (Registration of Carriers and Seizure of Vehicles) Regulations 1991 set the requirements to register as a carrier/broker of controlled waste. These require that any person who transports/makes arrangements for management of waste in the course of any business must register, unless they are exempt. These licenses or permits are awarded by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and further information can be found on the SEPA website or by contacting the local SEPA Office on 01241 874370. Contractors removing Domestic Asbestos wastes from householders must comply with the requirements of The Special Waste Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004, and a contractor removing asbestos from a householder must use the Consignment Note procedure.

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Service Details Last Reviewed : 17 October 2013

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