Safely disposing of asbestos

The Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre in Wyrallah Road is once again accepting asbestos.

This includes domestic asbestos such as household kits, commercial asbestos and any other waste containing asbestos.

Requirements for disposal:

  • Asbestos must be individually wrapped in packages weighing less than 250kg and preferably in dimensions of approximately 2m x 1m. Please note this does not mean that asbestos waste disposal is limited to 250kg. Simply that individual asbestos packages must meet the approximate sizing and weight criteria listed above for safer handling. Council does not encourage breaking of asbestos sheets.
  • Asbestos must be wrapped and sealed to ensure safe handling and the prevention of any airborne asbestos. Asbestos must have been wetted, wrapped in heavy-duty builders' plastic at least 0.2mm thick, clearly labelled “asbestos” and sealed with tape before it is transported to the landfill site.
  • For large loads of asbestos, particularly during wet weather, please contact the Lismore Recyckling & Recovery Centre 24 hours before arrival on (02) 6623 2009 to ensure the site is ready to receive the load. Large loads are those considered to more than a box trailer.

Council prioritises staff safety and wellbeing and has deemed these requirements necessary to ensure asbestos handling and disposal practices onsite can be undertaken safely. For the safety of workers Council will refuse all loads that do not meet these requirements. Furthermore, failure to adhere to the requirements of asbestos disposal may lead to Council taking legal action.

Council would also like to remind customers that transporting more than 100 kilograms or more than 10 square metres of asbestos sheeting in one load must track and report this waste to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) using WasteLocate. Please refer to the EPA WasteLocate link for more information.

Council would also like to take this opportunity to remind residents that illegal dumping of asbestos waste is an EPA offence and heavy penalties apply. Please refer to the NSW EPA website for more information on asbestos laws, and requirements for handling and disposing of asbestos.