What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring
mineral made up of a large number of fibres. It is now a
strictly controlled material that was previously used in domestic
appliances and in building construction from the 1950s to the
mid-1980s. Asbestos can be mixed with other materials
(asbestos-containing materials) and the only certain way of
identifying if a material contains asbestos is by laboratory
analysis. Unfortunately, the Council does not have any
testing facilities, nor is it able to undertake testing on your
Asbestos can be found in,
amongst other things:
Old domestic appliances,
including ironing boards, storage heaters;
Insulation materials, such as
oven doors and airing-cupboard linings and shelving;
Gutters and drains;
Cold water cisterns;
The most common asbestos-containing
materials encountered are asbestos cement products, popular in the
past for their strength, fire retardance and sound insulating
properties. These materials are often found fully- or
semi-compressed into flat or corrugated sheets used as roof and
When might asbestos-containing materials become a problem?
Asbestos is only a risk to health
when fibres are released into the air and breathed in. As
long as the material is in good condition and is not disturbed or
damaged there is no risk to health.
Dealing with asbestos-containing materials…
If asbestos-containing materials
are in good condition; i.e. the material is sound
and is not likely to be damaged, worked on or disturbed, it is
usually safer to leave it in place and manage it. If
necessary, asbestos cement can be sealed using alkali-resistant
paint, and textured coatings containing asbestos can be covered
with emulsion. Materials can also be sealed or
If asbestos-containing materials
are in poor condition; i.e. the material is
breaking up, flaking or damaged or is likely to be damaged or
disturbed, it should be sealed, enclosed or removed.
If you are unsure what action to
take, seek specialist advice from an asbestos surveyor, a
laboratory, or a licensed contractor; the following link contains
some useful contacts, although no recommendation should be
When removing asbestos-containing
materials which are in good condition:
Keep everyone out of the work
area who does not need to be there;
Take care not to create
Keep the material wet to minimise
Wear a suitable disposable face
mask and overalls;
Wrap the material in plastic
sheeting after removal;
Do not vacuum up debris, use a
damp cloth and dispose of this with the material;
Wash well after completing the
Disposal of asbestos-containing materials
Asbestos must not be disposed of
with normal household or commercial waste.
The Council will not collect
asbestos-containing materials. Small amounts can be taken
free of charge to Loscoe Household Waste Recycling Centre at Taylor
Lane, Loscoe, DE75 7TA: http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/environment/rubbish_waste/recyling_centres/centre_locations/loscoe/default.asp).
Current policy is to
accept a maximum of two sheets of asbestos-containing material (no
larger than 8ftx3ft) resulting from a repair to a private
household, in addition to small pieces found in domestic
appliances. This material must be double-bagged in heavy-duty
polythene bags and clearly labelled before transportation to a
licensed site. Material must be brought to the site by the
householder. Trade waste will not be accepted.
Please telephone our Refuse Hotline
on 01773 841326 or Loscoe Household Waste Recycling Centre on 01773
716629 to check current policy on acceptance.
For larger quantities please refer
to the Yellow Pages for specialist contractors who should be
licensed under the Asbestos (Licensing) Regulations.
It is your responsibility to ensure the contractor has the relevant
licences. The Yellow Pages may also have details of
specialist skip hire firms.
Who Regulates Asbestos?
The Council's Landscape Services
Team can deal with complaints of fly tipping in public
The Council's Pollution Team can deal with complaints
regarding neighbours damaging asbestos.
The Council's Regulation Unit ensure employers
in offices, shops, warehouses, places used for leisure activities
and other non-industrial premises undertake appropriate asbestos
The Council's Housing
Team ensure private rented property landlords undertake
appropriate asbestos assessments.
The Health and Safety
Executive ensure employers in factories and industrial
activities undertake asbestos assessments.
Agency can deal with complaints regarding large scale (van
loads) of asbestos being dumped.
Contact us immediately on
the Environment Unit Hotline 01773 841335 if you are concerned
about unsafe handling of asbestos-containing
In 2012, we dealt
with 7 complaints about asbestos-containing
Last Updated: September