Southern bins do not handle asbestos but below is the criteria when asbestos is discovered:
ASBESTOS MEANS ANY PRODCUT THAT CONTAINS ASBESTOS INCLUDING VACUUMED WASTE
DELIBERATE CONCEALMENT OF HAZARDOUS WASTE IN OUR SKIPS IS ILLEGAL & SEVERE PENALTIES APPLY BY LAW
FINES MAY BE APPLIED FROM WORKSAFE, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT , DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION , EPA OR A COMBINATION OF ALL AUTHORITIES.
Use the below steps in considering whether the product contains asbestos :
- AGE – if you believe the product was manufactured prior to 1990 then you should consider the product as containing asbestos. If your suburb was generally constructed prior to this time then you should also consider the product as “containing asbestos”. For example if you live in Scarborough it is highly likely that fibre cement product is asbestos, where if you lived in Mindarie it is unlikely the fibre cement would contain asbestos.
- MARKING – look at the product for identification markings that state “does not contain asbestos” if it has been marked as such the fibre cement product is safe to dispose of in our bins. If there are no markings then the product should be treated as containing asbestos.
- COLOUR – whilst not definitive, asbestos products tend to be darker in colour (grey) where as cement fibre products that are asbestos free are almost white in colour.
- FIBRES – if the material you are wanting to dispose of is broken you will be able to observe small asbestos fibres protruding along the broken edge. Cement fibre product will not have fibres. (PLEASE – do not break the product to see if it contains fibres as they may be released into the atmosphere)
- EDGE – asbestos edges when broken are generally clean like a piece of broken glass. Cement fibre products will give an appearance on the broken edge similar to a piece of torn cardboard
- FENCING – if the sheet has 7 curves, it is asbestos , if it has 5 it is usually cement fibre.