Asbestos illegally dumped in carpark of Kadina Park, Goonellabah.
Asbestos illegally dumped in carpark of Kadina Park, Goonellabah. Patrick Gorbunovs

Successful scheme stays for asbestos disposal

A SCHEME to dispose of asbestos within the Richmond Valley has been so successful it is earmarked to continue.

The Household Asbestos Disposal Scheme, run by the Richmond Valley Council, offers 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, and a voucher for disposal at Casino's Nammoona Waste Facility.

Council decided to continue to offer the kits to encourage householders to be safe when handling asbestos during home renovations and to raise the public awareness of the importance of safe removal and disposal of asbestos.

The householder kits are available from the council offices in Casino and Evans Heads at a cost of $110 and include the cost of disposal.

Why is asbestos dangerous?

  • There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres!
  • If asbestos is disturbed it can release dangerous fine particles of dust containing asbestos fibres
  • Breathing in dust containing asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma
  • Mesothelioma is a cancer which most often occurs in the lining of the lung. There is no cure.
  • The risk of lung cancer from inhaling asbestos fibres is greatly increased if you smoke
  • Symptoms of asbestos dust related diseases do not usually appear until about 20 to 30 years after the first exposure to asbestos
  • The average time between exposure and developing mesothelioma is about 45 years

Information courtesy asbestosawareness.com.au



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