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:

The Waste Facility only accepts asbestos waste in individually wrapped packages weighing less than 250 kg and in dimensions smaller than approximately 1m x 1m. Please note this does not mean that asbestos waste disposal is limited to 250kg. Simply that individual asbestos packages must meet the sizing and weight criteria listed above. Furthermore, it must be compliantly wrapped and sealed to ensure safe handling and the prevention of any airborne asbestos.

  • Ensure asbestos waste has been wetted, wrapped in 200um (0.2mm) thick plastic, and sealed with tape before it is transported to the landfill site
  • Ensure clear labelling as “asbestos waste”
  • For asbestos loads larger than a box trailer contact the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre 24 hours before arrival during Monday to Friday on (02) 6625 0500 to book delivery. This ensures adequate time for site preparation. A confirmation phone call on the morning of the asbestos drop off is also required. Wet weather could prevent site access.  

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.