EXPENSIVE WASTE: A Byron builder learnt the hard way not to dump asbestos rubbish.
EXPENSIVE WASTE: A Byron builder learnt the hard way not to dump asbestos rubbish. Contributed

Builder busted with asbestos waste

A LOCAL builder has walked away with a wallet $8,594 lighter for trying to dump asbestos waste at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre.

Despite two signs clearing advising customers the centre does not take asbestos waste, the offender did not declare the dangerous load when asked by council staff at the weighbridge.

An early advertisement from the Australian Women's Weekly in 1944 spruiking the benefits of asbestos products.
An early advertisement from the Australian Women's Weekly in 1944 spruiking the benefits of asbestos products.

Council's resource recovery and open space manager Michael Matthews said staff came across fibro sheeting that they believed contained asbestos.

He said staff acted immediately and safely cleaned up the waste to ensure that there was no risk to the public and staff.

"Samples of the asbestos waste were taken and test results returned positive for asbestos," Mr Matthews said.

"Due to weighbridge records, staff were quickly able to identify the person who had dumped the asbestos.

"The alleged offender was issued on the spot fines totalling $8000 and a costs recovery order of $594."

Disposal kits available

Mr Matthews went on to remind the public that the Household Asbestos Disposal Scheme was still currently available for asbestos disposal kits for householders wanting to remove and dispose of up to 10m2 of bonded asbestos.

The kits include safety gear, plastic and tape for wrapping asbestos for disposal, information for the householder on procedures and requirements for safe removal of asbestos.  

The householder kits are available from the Myocum Resource Recovery Centre at a cost of $25 and are partially funded by Council.

To dispose of the kits, householders will need to transport the contents to either Tweed or Lismore Waste Facility.

More information

For households wanting to establish whether products in their home contain asbestos, you can contact testing laboratories that analyse building materials for asbestos. The laboratories can give you advice on how to correctly take and send a sample for testing.

If you have more than 10m2 (equivalent of 3 sheets of asbestos containing fibro), you are required by law to engage a licensed asbestos removalist.  Work Cover NSW maintains a list of licensed asbestos removalists on their website.

For further information on the Household Asbestos Kits visit www.newaste.org/asbestos/ or contact Council on 6626 7000.



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