Safely disposing of asbestos

For householders wanting to renovate

If your home was built or renovated before 1990, it is likely your house contains asbestos.

It is not recommended that you handle or remove asbestos yourself. It is easier, safer and often cheaper to get a licensed asbestos professional to do the job for you.

If you do decide to remove asbestos material yourself, you need to plan the whole job before you start – from getting equipment and setting up the work area, to clean up and final disposal of waste.

As part of a program with North East Waste aimed at reducing the unsafe removal of asbestos by home renovators, our community has access to a FREE Household Asbestos Testing (HAT) Kit. Follow the step-by-step video of how to safely use your HAT kit.

If you have tested and identified only small areas, Council also offers a Household Asbestos Disposal (HAD) Kit for $30 for removal of up to 10m2 of bonded asbestos (approx. 2-3 sheets of fibro). This cost includes both the kit and disposal at Lismore Recycling and Recovery Centre. Follow the step-by-step video of how to safely use your HAD kit.

Both the testing and disposal kits can be picked up from Lismore Recycling and Recovery Centre, residents can contact Council on (02) 6625 0500 to check that they are in stock.
If you are removing more than this or any quantity of friable (non-bonded) asbestos containing material, then you are required under the law to employ a licensed asbestos removalist.

Disposal requirements for asbestos

The landfill at the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre on Wyrallah Road is licenced to accept asbestos and is currently only accepting household quantities of asbestos (up to 10m2).  

There are specific requirements for its disposal:

  • Wrap the dampened asbestos material (including any offcuts or contaminated items) in two layers of 200 µm plastic sheeting or double-bag in asbestos waste bags.
  • Completely seal the packages with adhesive tape.
  • Clearly label with ASBESTOS WASTE using a permanent marker
  • Store packaged asbestos waste in a solid, secure and clearly labelled waste bin or skip until removed.
  • Ensure the packaged asbestos waste is transported securely and disposed as soon as possible after removal. 

It is illegal to dispose of asbestos waste in ANY residential or commercial bins. It is also illegal to recycle, re-use, or illegally dump asbestos products and you will be fined heavily if you are caught.


Resources

North East Waste Household Asbestos Testing & Disposal in the Northern Rivers NSW.
The Asbestos Safety & Eradication Agency https://www.asbestossafety.gov.au contains up-to-date information on the health risks, locating asbestos inside and outside your home, the law and safe removal of asbestos.