Disposing of asbestos
Asbestos is classified as hazardous waste but you don't have to be a specialist licensed contractor to remove asbestos cement sheets from a garage or shed.
We offer residents a free collection service of up to 6 asbestos sheets or bags within a rolling 12-month period. Bags should weigh a maximum of 10KG each.
Additional collections can be made at a cost of £14.40 (including VAT) for each bag or sheet.
Book an asbestos collection
If you, a family member or builder are in a position to safely remove the sheets, strictly follow these guidelines to arrange disposal.
- Thick polythene sheeting (1000 gauge) - to double wrap each asbestos sheet
- Gaffer/duct tape
- Water spray - to keep the asbestos damp (but not wet) and minimise fibre release
- Bucket and sponge
- Protective clothing - disposable dust mask, overalls (preferably with a hood), wellington boots and gloves
- You may also wish to wear eye protection
- Do not use any power tools for this work.
Preparing the work area
- Minimise the number of people present.
- Close all doors and windows of your property.
How to remove asbestos sheets
- Take care when handling the sheets, which are very fragile.
- Try to avoid breaking any sheets, but don't be alarmed if they do - asbestos fibres are not easily released from the material.
- Unbolt or unscrew the roof sheet fixings - ensuring that this is carried out one sheet at a time - then remove and place onto the polythene sheet.
- Double wrap, tape and seal the asbestos sheets, ensuring only one sheet is put in each wrap.
Cleaning up afterwards
- Check the floor area for any signs of asbestos debris and double bag - each bag must weigh less than 10kg.
- Remove your overalls and gloves, and add these to a waste bag.
- Outside your house and with the bucket and sponge, wash your hands, face, boots etc, then clean any equipment used.